Individuals and Travellers

Visas for innovation

Innovation is a key long-term driver of economic prosperity, jobs and growth. We support the Australian Government's innovation agenda through visa options. This helps Australia connect to the world's best and brightest.

In March 2018, the Government announced two pilot schemes targeted at supporting talent and innovation in Australia. These schemes are the Global Talent Scheme and Supporting Innovation in South Australia. Together, these aim to support business growth, skills transfer and job creation by attracting highly skilled global talent to help foster innovative businesses in Australia.

These will support innovation in different ways:

  • The Global Talent Scheme will provide:
    • businesses, including Australian startups, with a way to sponsor highly-skilled and specialised workers not covered by the standard Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa (subclass 482) program
    • the cutting-edge skills Australia needs to compete globally.
  • The Supporting Innovation in South Australia scheme will help attract foreign entrepreneurs to take forward innovative ideas and launch seed-stage startups.

We will share further updates with you on this webpage.

Global Talent Scheme

What is the Global Talent Scheme?

This pilot scheme recognises that:

  • global talent is in high demand
  • visa pathways need to be available for Australian businesses, including innovative startups, to access talent where there is a genuine need that cannot be met by Australian workers.

More information about this scheme including the proposed settings is available in a media release by the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Alan Tudge MP – see New visa scheme to attract highly skilled global talent.

How will this scheme be implemented?

The Government is committed to working closely with stakeholders to design and implement this pilot scheme. The pilot scheme will commence on 1 July 2018 for a period of 12 months.

The Minister has established an Industry Advisory Group (IAG) to support this.

The Industry Advisory Group

The IAG will:

  • provide ongoing targeted industry advice to the Government to help guide the pilot Global Talent Scheme
  • provide regular feedback in advance of the pilot scheme
  • be made up of industry experts from a variety of fields including startups, tech and biomedical sectors, as well as organisations representing businesses and universities all over Australia.

Supporting Innovation in South Australia

What is the Supporting Innovation in South Australia scheme?

Startups are important for the future prosperity of the Australian economy. Startups generate new jobs, drive innovation and bring opportunities to diversify our economy.

This pilot scheme will:

  • complement existing visas for startups and entrepreneurs in the Business Innovation and Investment program
  • ensure Australia remains open and competitive in attracting the best and brightest entrepreneurial talent needed to drive innovative ideas to commercial reality.

How will this scheme be implemented?

The Department is working closely with the South Australian Government to develop this pilot scheme for implementation in 2018. Subject to a successful review, the scheme will roll out nationally in 2019.

More information about this scheme is available in a media release by the Minister for Home Affairs and Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Peter Dutton MP – see Supporting Innovation in South Australia.

Other pathways

For further information about the other migration pathways offered by the Department to support Australian businesses and the growth of talent and innovation for Australia see Australia's skilled visas.