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New Opportunity for Indian Professionals: Australia Launches MATES Scheme for Early Career Talent Mobility

Australia and India signed the Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement (MMPA), a bilateral framework supporting and promoting two-way migration and mobility between the two countries.

Early career professionals and university graduates from India are permitted to temporarily relocate throughout the nation according to the Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early Professionals Scheme, or “MATES,” established under the MMPA.

Who is Eligible?

MATES will be open to Indian National candidates who:

  1. Are below 30 or younger (inclusive) at the time of application.
  2. Have not previously participated in MATES.
  3. Have proficiency in the English language.
  4. Have graduated within two years from a recognised and verified university at the time of application.
  5. Qualifies (Bachelor’s degree or higher) in one of the following:
    – Engineering
    – Information Communications Technology (ICT)
    – Financial Technology (FinTech)
    – Renewable Energy
    – Agricultural Technology (AgriTech)
    – Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    – Mining

There will be no requirement for sponsorship by an Australian employer to be eligible to apply for a visa as part of MATES. Participants will be permitted to live and work in Australia for a maximum of two years. Although visa holders are not strictly required to work in their designated field of study, the programme will help aspiring professionals grow their networks and skill sets.

If they match the requirements, participants may apply for a second visa to stay in Australia for a more extended time, either permanently or temporarily. Participants in MATES are not allowed to participate in the Scheme more than once.

An Implementation Protocol is being developed to define the modalities of MATES. The protocol will ensure diversity, fairness, and equity access and support the integrity of the Scheme.

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