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Talent and Innovators Program

The Talent and Innovators program provides opportunities and pathways for highly skilled migrants who can contribute to South Australia’s critical priority sectors. 

All occupations eligible for migration through state nomination are available through the Talent and Innovators program. Successful applicants will demonstrate how they bring new ideas, skills, and innovation to South Australia and can create local jobs. 


Streams Under this includes:

Employment Stream

This stream is for highly skilled migrants working for South Australian businesses.  

Eligibility: 

Your employer must

  • Be a business in one of South Australia’s priority Growth State industry sectors, or is an integral part of the supply chain supporting these priority sectors 

  • Be an existing business for at least 12 months, and have a premise located and operating in South Australia for the last 12 months

  • Have an annual turnover of at least $4 million: 

    • start-up companies may be exempt from the annual turnover requirement

    • businesses who operate in  outer regional South Australia may be exempt from the annual turnover requirement

  • Be a business of good standing and there must be no adverse information about the business.  ​

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As the applicant: 

  • You must be earning a high base salary threshold commensurate with the expectations of the talent program (at least $80,000 full-time). An exemption to the salary threshold may be available for highly skilled applicants who are: 

    • working for a start-up

    • working for a business in outer regional South Australia

    • a recent graduate

  • If you are in South Australia, you must be on an existing temporary visa and working for a business already.

  • If you are currently in another state or territory of Australia, you must be on an existing temporary visa and have an employment contract for a position you plan to relocate to in South Australia. You are also able to apply if you are on a temporary visa, currently working for a company interstate, and intend to relocate to the South Australian office of your current company. You will generally be considered for a 491 nomination only  

  • You are expected to have Proficient Plus English levels, however lower English levels may be considered in exceptional cases 

  • You are expected to have considerable relevant work experience in the field, however, limited experience may be considered in some cases

  • Your employer must provide a short business case (maximum 2 pages) demonstrating how you, as the applicant: 

    • have the qualifications, specific skill set, and relevant experience commensurate with the job  

    • will bring new ideas, skills, and innovation to South Australia and can support local job creation

    • will contribute to South Australia’s priority Growth State industry sectors.

Outer Regional South Australia Workforce Stream

For skilled migrants working for outer regional South Australian businesses who wish to provide a submission for consideration.  

Eligibility: 

Your employer must: 

  • Be a business in outer regional South Australia

  • Be an existing business for at least 12 months, and have a premise located and operating in outer regional South Australia for the last 12 months.  

  • Be a business of good standing and there must be no adverse information about the business.  

As the applicant: 

  • You must be in South Australia on an existing temporary visa, and already commenced working for the business already 

  • You are unable to meet the published requirements and wish to submit a registration of interest for consideration. Reasons for being unable to meet the published requirements include visa expiry, losing points for age, document expiry, or working less than 20 hours per week or 40 hours per fortnight.  

  • You should include a letter of support from your employer and a submission outlining why you should be considered for nomination. Registrations of interest will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Start-up and small business stream

For entrepreneurial skilled migrants who have started their own business.

Eligibility:

  • Your business must be established in South Australia and operating in South Australia for the last 12 months and you must have resided in South Australia for at least the last 24 months.

  • If you are an existing SISA visa holder you must have an established business in South Australia for the last 6 months and resided in South Australia continuously during this time

  • Your business must be able to give you a personal income that would meet the minimum taxable income requirement set by the Department of Home Affairs

  • Businesses aligning with the priority Growth State industry sectors will be favored.

  • Businesses employing at least two employees (other than the applicant) on an ongoing full-time basis will be prioritized

  • You must provide a business case (maximum 2 pages) with: 

    • evidence of thorough research into, and understanding of the relevant industry conditions in South Australia 

    • how the business will be innovative, contribute to South Australia’s economic growth, and can support job creation for South Australians. 

    • how the applicant's previous experience and qualifications will help the applicant successfully build their business in South Australia over at least 3 years 

  • Self-employed applicants and subcontractors must apply through this stream

  • Only the business owner can apply through this stream. Business structures can include sole trader, partnership, company, and trusts.

  • Franchise businesses are ineligible for this stream. 

High performing Graduate stream

For high-performing graduates who have completed their qualification at a South Australian higher education institution.  

Eligibility:

  • You must have completed the relevant Bachelor or higher qualification at a South Australian higher education provider in the last 2 years

  • A minimum of 50% of your qualification must have been completed in South Australia

  • Your South Australian qualification must be in the same field as your skills assessment and nominated occupation

  • You must currently reside in South Australia and you must have continuously resided in South Australia post-course completion

  • Applicants are expected to have at least Proficient English overall unless specified higher for your occupation

  • Your field of education will be taken into consideration. Applicants who have undertaken study in a health or natural or physical sciences field of education may be prioritized

  • Your previous study and work experience may be taken into consideration

  • A 491 or 190 nomination offer is at the discretion of Skilled and Business Migration and your study and work experience will be taken into consideration 

  • You must provide a short summary of your skills and expertise (maximum 2 pages) demonstrating: 

    • how your skills and experience can contribute to South Australia’s priority Growth State industry sectors, or

    • how your area of study can contribute to South Australia’s research and commercialization agenda 

  • If you have completed a Ph.D. or Masters by Research degree: 

    • you can apply once your degree has been conferred

  • If you have completed a Masters by Coursework degree:

    • your Master's degree must be at least 78 CRICOS weeks.

    • your Grade Point Average will be taken into consideration

    • a Grade Point Average of 6.0 or higher is generally required unless specified differently for your occupation. Please check your occupation for specific GPA requirements. Applicants with higher GPAs will be prioritized.

  • If you have graduated with First Class Honours in a dedicated Honours year:

    • your Honours year must have followed the completion of a 92 CRICOS week Bachelor degree in South Australia  

  • If you have graduated with a Bachelor degree:

    • your Bachelor degree must be at least 92 CRICOS weeks

    • your Grade Point Average will be taken into consideration

    • a Grade Point Average of 6.0 or higher is generally required unless specified differently for your occupation. Please check your occupation for specific GPA requirements. Applicants with higher GPAs will prioritize. 

Independent talent

Eligibility: 

  • You must be residing in South Australia 

  • You are expected to have at least 95 points (including state nomination points) in your Expression of Interest (EOI) on SkillSelect, however lower points may be considered in exceptional cases

  • You are expected to have Proficient Plus English levels, however lower English levels may be considered in exceptional cases

  • You are expected to have considerable relevant work experience in your field, however, limited experience may be considered in exceptional cases

  • You must submit a business case (maximum 2 pages) demonstrating:   

    • How your skills and experience will contribute to South Australia, particularly the priority Growth State industries

    • Your knowledge of South Australia’s employment or business opportunities relevant to your occupation and field of expertise

    • Additional details of any skill sets, courses, qualifications, experience, or awards relevant to your field of expertise.

Find out more on the Growth State Industry sector: https://www.growthstate.sa.gov.au/sectors

 

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