Australian quantum computing outfit, Q-CTRL has become the first start-up eligible for a new visa pilot program being proposed by the Government.
There are five companies that are taking part in the 12 month Global Talent Scheme pilot, which involves two parts – one for established businesses and another for start-ups.
Cochlear, SFDC Australia, Rio Tinto and SafetyCulture are the first established businesses to sign up, while Q-CTRL has become the first company to access the start-up component.
The Government first announced the new initiative in March after ending the 457 visa class. Under the new scheme, businesses sponsoring workers will need to demonstrate they are unable to source suitable individuals in Australia.
Workers sponsored under the scheme will have access to a four year Temporary Skill Shortage visa and the option of seeking permanent residence after three years.
In the meantime, an independent expert panel has been established involving members from the Australian start-up scene and emerging technological industries to determine if start-ups meet initial eligibility requirements for the Global Talent Scheme.
Panel chair and CEO of StartupAUS, Alex McCauley said the scheme was a fundamental step in bringing critical skills and expertise to Australia.
"Eligibility criteria for employers differ between the two streams, however all business must demonstrate that the scheme will support job opportunities and skills transfer for Australians,” he said.
According to the minister for immigration, citizenship and multicultural affairs David Coleman the Global Talent Scheme, which is an initiative between industry and government, will connect Australia with the skills to help grow the economy.
"We look forward to working with these businesses, ensuring they can attract top global talent into Australia,” Coleman said.
Minister for industry, science and technology Karen Andrews added the program will help Australian businesses attract individuals with specific skills for roles.
"Global talent is in demand, and we’re ensuring Australia can attract individuals with the science, technology, engineering, and maths skills needed for areas like robotics and biotechnology, which will help these sectors thrive," Andrews said.