Australia’s Full-court Press to Scour the World for Cutting-edge Tech Talent
Australia will now headhunt tech talent for permanent residency
+ The federal government will conspicuously ramp-up its efforts to attract senior technology leaders, researchers developers and experts to permanently migrate to Australia under a newly established scheme which actively seeks out talent, rather than waiting for it to come knocking. Dubbed the ‘global talent independent program’ (GTIP) and quietly launched in June, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman is expected to flesh out crucial details about how the migrant headhunting model will work, including which sectors and industries will get a say.
The outbound marketing effort is effectively an admission that existing efforts for skilled permanent migration are insufficient to maintain an inflow of talent to digitise existing industries and create sustainable new sectors around fields like robotics, advanced physics and quantum computing.
+ According to Home Affairs, the GTIP scheme is “designed to attract skilled migrants at the top of their profession to Australia. The program will bring the best talent from around the world.” “This will create opportunities for Australians by transferring skills and creating job opportunities. We will promote this program in Australia and overseas,” Home Affairs material states. Home Affairs says it “will work with Australian sectors, businesses, and governments to attract global talent from around the world” and that “Global Talent Officers will work in key locations overseas.
+ The use of permanent residency and potentially citizenship is a major shift in thinking around attracting technologists and high tech industries to Australia. The outbound marketing effort is effectively an admission that existing efforts for skilled permanent migration are insufficient to maintain an inflow of talent to digitise existing industries and create sustainable new sectors around fields like robotics, advanced physics and quantum computing. The move also sidelines the Australian tech sector’s infamously fractious lobby groups, the Australian Computer Society and the Australian Information Industry Association, by creating a new mechanism that can be used to assess skills and talent over and above current job classifications.
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