Global Talent Scheme

The Global Talent Scheme (GTS) is a 12-month pilot being trialed under the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) subclass 482 visa program.

Businesses that need to fill a small number of high-skill, niche roles that can’t be filled by Australians or through existing visa programs and who meet the criteria can enter into an individual GTS agreement with The Department of Home Affairs (DHA).

A summary of the key requirements and features of the GTS agreements are as follows:

  • There are two streams – Established business employers who are Accredited Sponsors and Startups operating in a tech-based or STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field. Startups must be endorsed by the independent GTS startup advisory panel.
  • The earning threshold for applicants is higher than under the standard TSS stream (currently set at $145,400).
  • The employer can negotiate variations on the standard TSS visa requirements.
  • The Department of Home Affairs prioritises processing of GTS agreements.
  • Trusted employers can access highly-skilled roles – they are not restricted to occupation lists for the TSS visa short-term or medium– term streams.
  • The visa is valid for up to 4 years and allows access to a permanent residence pathway.
  • The employer can negotiate age requirements for the permanent residence pathway.

For employers that meet the GTS requirements this pilot may provide crucial flexibility where they need to bring specialised skills from overseas but the circumstances do not meet all of the stringent visa criteria for whatever reason.

Any position filled through a GTS agreement must provide opportunities for Australians by, for example:

  • creating new jobs for Australians
  • transferring skills and knowledge to Australian workers.

For advice regarding accessing the GTS, please do not hesitate to contact us at for Australian immigration assistance.


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