Australian Government Announces New Entrepreneur Visa

The National Innovation and Science Agenda

The Australian Government has introduced the National Innovation and Science Agenda. The aim of the Agenda is to:

“… embrace new ideas in innovation and science, and harness new sources of growth to deliver the next age of economic prosperity in Australia.”

The Government has recognised that innovation and science are crucial for the development of the Australian economy, and will introduce reforms to enable expansion in these areas.

Introduction of an Entrepreneur Visa

As part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda, the Australian Government has announced that, as part of the reforms, a new Entrepreneur visa will be introduced.

The Government will create:

  • A new provisional Entrepreneur Visa for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and financial backing, and a pathway to permanent residence; and
  • Pathways to permanent residence for postgraduate research graduates with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) qualification will be enhanced.

The Government has announced that the new Entrepreneur visa will be introduced in November 2016 and the permanent residence pathways for postgraduate research graduates will come into effect in December 2016.

The exact provisions of the Entrepreneur visa and postgraduate pathways are yet to be announced.

We will keep our clients and contacts updated regarding the new Entrepreneur visa and visa pathways. For more information, please feel free to contact the author to discuss the most appropriate visa options by email at or by telephone on +61 3 9021 0986 or +61 (0)423 701 747.


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