30 June 2017
StartupAUS CEO, Alex McCauley
“StartupAUS is pleased to see that that CEOs and CIOs have been included in the Medium and Long‑term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) as part of The Turnbull Government’s updates to the occupations lists for a range of temporary and permanent skilled visas. These are key positions for emerging high-growth businesses and the ability to hire executives to fill these roles from a global pool of talent is critical to the success of the sector.
“There is still significant work to be done in bringing the skills list into line with the current needs of young tech companies in Australia, however. A range of cutting edge digital and technology skills are not included in the list despite extensive input by the sector to the Government’s consultation process.
“Also unaddressed is the fact that salary minimums currently don’t take into account equity, limiting access by startups to the visa regime.
“We will continue working closely with the Government to ensure the lists reflect genuine skill needs for Australia’s high growth business sector,” Mr McCauley said.