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:
- Agri-food and AgTech
- Health Industries
- Defence, Advanced Manufacturing and Space
- Circular Economy
- Infrastructure and Tourism
- Financial Services and FinTech
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.
- University Lecturer (ANZSCO 242111)
- Chief Information Officer (ANZSCO 135111)
- Software Engineer (ANZSCO 261313)
- Agricultural Scientist (ANZSCO 234112)
- Electrical Engineer (ANZSCO 233311)
|University Lecturer (ANZSCO 242111)
|255||185||Less than 5|
|Chief Information Officer (ANZSCO 135111)
|Software Engineer (ANZSCO 261313)
|Agricultural Scientist (ANZSCO 234112)
|102||96||Less than 5|
|Electrical Engineer (ANZSCO 233311)
Other top occupations which received invitations during this period are mainly Engineers or Scientists. Some of the professions include:
- Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec (ANZSCO 234999) – 79 grants
- Medical Technicians nec (ANZSCO 311299) – 77 grants
- Life Scientist (General) (ANZSCO 234511) – 73 grants
- Chemical Engineer (ANZSCO 233111) – 67 grants
- ICT Business Analyst (ANZSCO 261111) – 63 grants
- Mechanical Engineer (ANZSCO 233512) – 59 grants
- ICT Security Specialist (ANZSCO 262112) – 53 grants
- Chemist (234211) – 47 grants
- Electronics Engineer (233411) – 45 grants
- Biomedical Engineer (233913) – 41 grants
- Civil Engineer (233211) – 39 grants
- Materials Engineer (233112) – 40 grants
- Physicist (ANZSCO 234914) – 34 grants
- Finance Manager (ANZSCO 132211)– 33 grants
Read more about eligibility and requirements here.
Due to the COVID-19, the processing time for most visas and EOI have been delayed. Global Talent Officers posted overseas are now working in Australia.
- Global Talent Independent program (GTI)
- Australian Computer Society Nominates for Global Talent Visa
- Global Talent visa invitation numbers by nationality
- Distinguished Talent Visa (Subclass 858) – Onshore
- Distinguished Talent visa (subclass 124) – Offshore
- Top Occupations for the Global Talent visa
- Top occupations for Permanent residency in 2019-20 Migration Program