2020 saw COVID 19 disrupting the world and upending markets, communities
and business strategies, prompting the Australian Government to launch a
powerful blueprint for economic growth – with the JobMaker Plan a key tool
to help turbocharge our economy.
As part of this effort to generate thousands of quality jobs for
Australians, the Prime Minister set up the Global Business and Talent
Attraction Taskforce. He’s described our mission as “Australia’s brain
The Taskforce is a cross agency government initiative to bring the best and
brightest businesses and talent to Australia. We are targeting high yield
companies that can bring new technologies, cutting edge research and
development as well as IP and capital to our shores.
Many of the planet’s most exciting firms and exceptionally talented
individuals are re-examining the risks they face and taking a fresh look at
their business models, strategies and future markets.
The Taskforce is taking advantage of this unique window to transform
Australia into a more powerful magnet for marquee enterprises and
exceptional individuals and reap the benefit of their ideas, capital,
talent and networks.
This is a deliberately proactive effort. We want people with
entrepreneurial energy and deep skill sets, who can drive innovation and
create local jobs. We want the most successful companies with high growth
potential and highly skilled people in future-focused industries to come to
Australia and develop their ideas here.
We are looking for businesses that can make significant contributions to
our economic recovery and long-term prosperity by building clusters or
ecosystems of excellence in priority sectors, conducting cutting-edge
research and development, and filling gaps in supply chains.
We want these apex enterprises to partner with local companies and
institutions to help deliver our blueprint for economic growth.
These global firms and individuals can expand the channels of capital
available, especially for co-investing with Australian business, and these
firms and entrepreneurs can team up with Australian businesses to build
bridges to international markets, opening up new export opportunities.
And most importantly for Australian industry, the work of the Taskforce
will mean that accessing global talent will be easier than ever before.
Now is the time to capitalise on a disrupted and uncertain environment and
promote Australia’s competitive advantages, particularly as a COVID success
A core feature of this approach is to identify and engage with the cream of
the world’s thinkers, academics, cultural innovators and business moguls
rather than wait for them to knock on our door.
The Taskforce is initially targeting the advanced manufacturing, financial
services including Fintech and health and life sciences sectors as we play
to our strengths.
We believe we can offer high value firms and individuals and attractive
menu of financial and non-financial benefits. We can also offer senior
executives, company staff and top tier talent flexible visa arrangements
and fast track their transition into Australia and connect them with
industry and supportive business ecosystems.
We are setting the bar high and we’re asking business, industry
organisations and sector leaders to help us identify which enterprises and
entrepreneurs they believe would turbocharge our economy and boost national
The Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce looks forward to
working with you to help achieve our national goals. To find out more go to www.GlobalAustralia.gov.au
and follow us on LinkedIn.
The Taskforce is led by the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Global
Business and Talent Attraction, Peter Verwer, AO.