Global Talent visa statistics per qualification and target sector

Previously we analysed the Global Talent Independent Program numbers by nationality and occupations. In this update we will be breaking down GTI numbers per qualification and target sectors.

GTI is a streamlined program aiming to attract highly skilled professionals to work and live permanently in Australia. It is designed to bring bright and qualified foreign professionals from seven future-focused sectors into Australia. These sectors are:

  • Resources
  • Agri-food and AgTech
  • Energy
  • Health Industries
  • Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space
  • Circular Economy
  • DigiTech
  • Infrastructure and Tourism
  • Financial Services and FinTech
  • Education

To be eligible, the applicant must be internationally recognised with outstanding achievements and can attract a salary at or above AUD158,500. The applicant must also be prominent in his/her field and have no difficulty obtaining employment in Australia.

GTI – Statistics

The Department of Home Affairs has released statistics for the GTI program. Let us go through the latest data now.

Latest numbers for GTI

The government announced that for the 2020-2021 year, there are 15,000 places allocated to the GTI program. So far (1 July 2020 until 10 December 2020), 1,513 applicants who submitted an EOI have successfully been invited to apply for the visa. A breakdown of this number per month is approximately 280 visas were being issued each month.  The table provided by the Department of Home Affairs is as follows:

Month of Invite EOIs
07/2020 280
08/2020 290
09/2020 287
10/2020 245
11/2020 299
Total 1401

While several EOIs are being processed, there are around 6,789 EOIs in the backlog as of 22 December 2020.

Regarding the GTI application being withdrawn and refused, the data provided indicated that between 4 November 2019 and 30 November 2020, 53 applications were refused, and a total of 142 applications were withdrawn.

Breakdown per target sector

Data from the Department of Home Affairs indicates that the target sector with the most visa grant is the Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT. This is likely to be because most of the visa applications lodged during this period are from the Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT target sector. This data is for the period between 1 July 2020 and 12 July 2021.

During this period, the breakdown of the number of lodged visa applications per sector is as follows:

  Sector Total
1 Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT 534
2 MedTech 319
3 Energy and Mining Technology 315
4 FinTech 172
5 Space and Advanced Manufacturing 125
6 AgTech 119
7 Cyber Security 81

The number of visa grants per sector is as follows:

  Sector Total
1 Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT 521
2 Energy and Mining Technology 355
3 MedTech 345
4 Space and Advanced Manufacturing 121
5 FinTech 115
6 AgTech 114
7 Cyber Security 70

The total number of refusal (for all the target sectors) during this period is less than 5.

Breakdown per qualification and target sector

Depending on the different sectors, the highest qualification of the primary applicant varies. Most applicants have a PhD in their field for some industry, whilst for other industry, most applicant holds a master degree.

Sector Qualification Total


PhD 115
Space and Advanced Manufacturing


PhD 92


Masters 65
Energy and Mining Technology


Masters 254


PhD 330
Cyber Security


Masters 45
Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data Science and ICT


Masters 276

As seen, whilst a master or PhD is not always necessary, but most applicants in the seven sectors hold either Masters or PhD.

Victor Organero

GradCertMigLaw (VU),

Juris Doctor -Master of Laws (current) – MARN 1796030

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