During that six-month period July 1 to December 31 last year, there were 11,013 visas granted to those who worked in the quantum information, advanced digital data, data science, and IT fields.
Some of the main categories for visas granted were in the medical technical industry, energy, mining technology, space, advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity.
The GTI visa program was first launched in November 2019 to attract global tech talent to Australia. Individuals who apply through this program are assessed based on their individual background, including their earning potential in the field.
The Department of Home Affairs has stated that this visa program is designed to “respond to very new occupations and new sectors” as it is always a challenge to fit them within the current classification system.