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Australia Pilot Visa Scheme to meet the Demand for Talents

March 2018, 26
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The Global Talent Scheme has been introduced after the governmental decision to remove 457-visa. The industry feels that the small companies will face difficulties in meeting the high demands of its salary.

Australia has a plan for a pilot visa program issued for one year for attracting innovative and technological skills to itself.

Starting with July 2018, business establishments which have revenue exceeding A$4m can opt for sponsoring IT professionals for a four-year visa who get a salary of over A $180,000, using the Global Talent Scheme.

The Business Establishments must show a priority to local workers, and the sponsored person will transfer many skills to them. Start-ups engaged in Technology and Science can sponsor people with experienced, to reach the country on the Temporary Skill Shortage visa and serve for four years.In both the cases, these professionals can apply for permanent residence after the completion of 3 years in the country.

Michaelia Cash, Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Australia stated that the figures of Industry reveal that a global, mobile, and top skilled staff, with a good experience, can serve as a Job Multiplier in Australia. It helps them to seek sufficient local workers and fulfill significant employment needs.

This Global Talent Scheme follows the move made by the Government in April 2017 that it was removing the 457-Visas that was used by more than 9,000 Information Technology professionals in the country. The changes are expected to come into effect in March 2018.

After much criticism, the government increased the tenure of visa for Senior Management and IT Professionals to four years under the Temporary Skill Shortage visa. The categories included were Systems Analysts, IT security specialists, Software Engineers, and others.

This Global Talent Scheme appears to withhold the execution of old visa, primarily meant for IT workers, who had used the 457 visa. There was an air of uncertainty around it.

Several Local technology firms have strongly advocated a rethinking of policies related to skilled immigration. The need to have a target-oriented plan for immigration was also recommended by the report of Innovation and Science - Australia which was released recently.That report mentions the fact of strengthening investment, innovation, and talent in the country by improved admittance to global talents and promoting greater diversity in gender and ethnicity.

During 2015-16, an actual inflow of workers in ICT sphere, to the country, was 20,700. The ISA report has recommended streamlining and simplifying skilled migration and resorting to similar policy on the entrepreneur-class visa.

The Australian Computer Society has greeted the pilot scheme because it will serve to address the scarcity of tech skills among the locals. As per the 2017 digital pulse report from ACS, the country would have a deficit of 81,000 workers in the ICT sector in the near future.

Yohan Ramasundara, ACS President has stated that the future of Australian economy involved the presence of organizations in highly technical industries. The employers had to fill specific positions and at times were not able to find able local workers to hold these positions.

Australia must work for the great development of local skilled workers; but not at the cost of stagnation in growth. There is a great need to have a sensible approach to skilled migration specifically for the technology sector.

The Global Talent Scheme will make clarity available to large organizations as they plan to adopt an innovative policy and evolve further. The start-ups will help to attract overseas talent in a big way.There is a criticism among the industrialists, that the focus of the scheme is on large companies and start-ups, and the SMEs have been neglected.

An expert stated that many Small and Medium Enterprises had employees working in the previous 457 visas. Such firms will find paying the A$180,000 salary hard. He said that there were many professionals at the global level who are ready to earn an annual salary lesser to $180,000 to see the good life of Australia. The program has no scope to support the Small and Medium Enterprises which are a majority in the Australian business.

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