Continue to streamline the visa system to reduce complexity and costs for services firms when accessing international talent.
Progress to date
On 20 March 2020, the Australian Government announced a broad new policy approach to the acquisition and delivery of workflow processing capability. Consistent with the Government’s response to the Independent Review of the Australian Public Service (the Thodey Review), the Department of Home Affairs and the Digital Transformation Agency were instructed to source and deliver a Permissions Capability to underpin the modernisation of visa and citizenship service delivery within Home Affairs and that could be reused across government for other similar permission-based services. Many internal and external government services include similar permission-based elements including, for example, permits, accreditations, licences and registrations.
On 8 August 2019 the Government announced that the Global Talent – Employer Sponsored program pilot would continue to support Australian businesses as an ongoing program to deliver more flexible, future focused visa arrangements that help attract global talent to Australia.
The program provides faster processing and more flexible concessions than the standard visa program. Its key features include access to a permanent residence pathway and the ability to cater for high-skill, niche roles that are not on the skill shortage lists due to their highly specialised nature and cannot be filled through existing visa programs.