Top Occupations for the Global Talent visa

The Distinguished Talent stream of the Global Talent Initiative Program is a streamlined program aimed to attract highly skilled and talented individuals to Australia. The Department often works with Australian universities, industry bodies, state, and territory government to encourage highly skilled and qualified individuals to migrate to Australia.

To be eligible, the individual must be skilled in one of the seven target sectors and are able to earn a salary that meets the fair work high-income threshold or be a high a performing recent PhD, Masters or Honours graduate.

The target 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

Curious about which occupations received the most invitations to apply for this program? The Department recently released data outlining the top occupations which were granted a Distinguished Talent Visa under this stream. The data is for the visa grants between 1 November 2019 until 21 August 2020.

Overall a total of 3081 applications were lodged and 2498 applications were granted.

The top 5 occupations for the Global Talent visa (Distinguished Talent visa) are:

  1. University Lecturer (ANZSCO 242111)
  2. Chief Information Officer (ANZSCO 135111)
  3. Software Engineer (ANZSCO 261313)
  4. Agricultural Scientist (ANZSCO 234112)
  5. Electrical Engineer (ANZSCO 233311)
Occupation Lodged Granted Refused
University Lecturer (ANZSCO 242111)


255 185 Less than 5
Chief Information Officer (ANZSCO 135111)


119 114
Software Engineer (ANZSCO  261313)


160 103
Agricultural Scientist (ANZSCO 234112)


102 96 Less than 5
Electrical Engineer (ANZSCO 233311)


90 81

Other top occupations which received invitations during this period are mainly Engineers or Scientists. Some of the professions include:

Read more about eligibility and requirements here.

Victor Organero

GradCertMigLaw (VU),

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

If you would like to discuss your Distinguished Talent /Global Talent visa eligibility send an email to [email protected] or book a time here.

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