Australia Global Talent Scheme – Employer Sponsored Program

Australia Global Talent Scheme – Employer Sponsored Program

Australia Global Talent Scheme

Australia Global Talent Scheme

Global Talent Scheme- Employer Sponsored (GTES)

Bringing global talent to Australia

The Global Talent – Employer Sponsored (formerly the Global Talent Scheme) (GTES) is a niche scheme under the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa program launched as a 12 month pilot on 1 July 2018. The pilot will continue to be open to applications after 1 July 2019 until further notified.

The Australian Government has introduced the GTES as a pilot scheme so it can be refined in consultation with industry to ensure it achieves its purpose.

The GTES allows employers to sponsor overseas workers for highly-skilled positions that cannot be filled:

  • by Australian workers
  • through other standard visa programs – in particular, the Short-term stream and Medium-term stream of the Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa

The GTES is only for highly-skilled niche occupations that cannot be accessed through existing skilled programs. Before the Department enters into an agreement, businesses must be able to demonstrate that they can’t fill the position through existing skilled visa programs.

You will then be able to sponsor workers for a TSS visa under the GTES.


The GTES is designed to benefit Australia and Australian workers.

It aims to bring globally mobile, highly-skilled and specialised individuals to Australia who can act as ‘job multipliers‘ in Australian businesses, helping them to hire more local staff and fill critical areas of need.

Any position filled through a GTES agreement must provide opportunities for Australians by, for example:

  • creating new jobs for Australians
  • transferring skills and knowledge to Australian workers

You must demonstrate how you realise these opportunities throughout the GTES agreement period.

Relationship between the TSS program, Labour Agreement Stream and GTES

The standard TSS program (Short-Term stream and Medium-Term stream)

  • This allows an employer to sponsor skilled workers where there is no suitable Australian available.
  • The TSS is the main employer-sponsored temporary work visa replacing the subclass 457 visa.
  • The visa requirements are set out in Migration Regulations.
  • The Short-term stream allows a 2-year stay unless international obligations apply; the Medium-term stream allows 4 years.
  • Applicants must nominate an ANZSCO occupation on the current Skilled Occupation List, which is reviewed regularly.

The standard Labour Agreement stream

This stream of the TSS program is available when the standard TSS program does not cover employers’ needs. It includes industry agreements for lower-skilled positions and concessions from standard TSS requirements. For further information see Labour Agreements.

We have strong measures in place to protect the integrity of the TSS program.

  • You can negotiate variations on the standard TSS visa requirements.
  • Agreements can be company-specific or designed for use in a specific industry or geographic area.
  • You can access occupations that are not on current occupation lists at ANZSCO skill levels 1-4.
  • This stream of the visa allows a stay of up to 4 years, and the holder can negotiate access to a pathway to permanent residence.


Approved businesses must meet specific criteria and requirements to be considered for the GTES.

The main features of the GTES are:

  • there are 2 streams – Established business and Startups
  • the earning threshold for applicants is higher than under the standard TSS stream
  • you can negotiate variations on the standard TSS visa requirements
  • we prioritise the processing of GTES agreements
  • trusted employers can access highly-skilled roles – you are not restricted to occupation lists for the TSS visa short-term or medium-term streams
  • the visa is valid for up to 4 years and allows access to a permanent residence pathway
  • you can negotiate age requirements for the permanent residence pathway

2 GTES streams

Established Business stream

The Established Business stream, lets employers who are accredited sponsors employ workers with cutting-edge skills to help innovate in an established business and make Australian businesses and their Australian employees the best at what they do.

Startup stream

The Startup stream lets employers sponsor workers with cutting-edge skills to contribute to Australia’s developing startup ecosystem and bring new ideas, new jobs, new skills, and new technology into Australia. This stream is for startups operating in a tech-based or STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field.

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