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Global Talent Scheme Pilot to help build local tech economy

Sydney, Monday 19 March; ACS – the professional association for the ICT sector – has today welcomed the announcement of the Global Talent Scheme Pilot as a critical measure to promote the creation of new high growth tech companies and industries.

Yohan Ramasundara, President of ACS, welcomed the measures which provide clear guidelines for both the start-up sector and the established businesses.

“It is no secret that there is a skills shortage in Australia’s technology sector. The ACS Digital Pulse 2017 reported that there will be a shortfall of 81,000 workers in the ICT sector over next 4 years. This pilot scheme will help innovative and agile organisations get the highly skilled workers they need, along with meeting the requirement to develop the skills base of our local workforce.”

“The future for our economy will involve organisations in fast-paced high-tech industries and employers often need to fill specialised positions and sometimes are unable to find Australian workers for the position. As we continue to push for greater development of our local skilled workforce, we cannot afford to let growth stagnate. Therefore, a sensible approach to skilled migration in the technology sector is crucial.”

“Larger organisations will now have clarity as they seek to innovate and evolve, while start-ups will have access to new methods of enticing talent here from overseas.”

“While it is only about to enter the pilot phase, this program looks to be a very positive step for our profession. I look forward to seeing the growth that will come from the best global talent coming to Australia and helping to build the local digital economy.”


Further information

Thomas Shanahan, 0417 678 474


About the ACS

The ACS is the professional association for Australia's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. More than 30,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit for more information.