Priorities in the ICT sector including investments, global talent visas and r&d

With critical sectors identified across the nation in efforts rebuild the post-Covid-19 economy, certain prioritisation of visa programs together with their concessions are published as follows:

Critical sectors for the 408 visa (Australian Government Endorsed Events) are in agriculture, food processing, health care, aged care, disability care and child care.

Critical sectors for working holiday makers are in healthcare and medical sectors.

The PMSOL (Priority Migration Skilled Occupation List) focuses on health, construction and ICT.

The much-talked about GTI (Global Talent Independent) visas look to enhancing Australia’s competencies in the following innovative tech areas: AgTech, Space and Advanced Manufacturing, FinTech, Energy and Mining Technology, MedTech, Cyber Security and Quantum Information, Advanced Digital, Data science and ICT.

ICT (Information Communication and Technology) continues to dominate across all space directly and indirectly as a critical component to the economic recovery from the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Within the ICT sector, critical priorities for the public sectors listed for the 408 visas include the following areas:

  • Building smart, digital platforms that measure, track and forecast growth and collects data to enable scalable and secure traffic control (cybersecurity).
  • Designing and implementing modern infrastructures, architecture that can offer direct interconnection to clouds, partners and ecosystems with closer proximity to consumers and other agencies.
  • Setting up an interconnected digital government – while controversial due to privacy, modernisation in processes is shifting agencies from traditional architectures to a more distributed, interconnected model that can directly and securely connect all locations, people and data. Sharing data across various agencies will soon become an everyday practice with a focus on transparency and accountability (blockchain).

Opportunities in ICT in Australia continues to grow exponentially and due to demand far outweighing supply, priorities, investments and institutional level support are actively channelled towards migrant individuals highly talented in this space. Entrepreneurs starting new businesses under business migration would do well to ensure tech innovation is a foundational part of their business model, and no new capital investments are without some level of R&D in deep technologies or disruptive innovation.

At Sellanes Clark and Associates, we continue to assist in migration cases involving 408, GTI, skilled, employer-sponsored, regional and business investments and entrepreneurship with particular focus on the above critical sectors. Please contact us for more information on how we can assist you.

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