Australia and India Migration and Mobility Partnership (MATES) Facilitates New Opportunities

Australia and India have embarked on a groundbreaking Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement (MMPA), reflecting their shared commitment to deepening cooperation on migration issues. This landmark arrangement aims to foster talent exchange, cultural exchange, and economic collaboration between the two nations. Key aspects include the transformative Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-professionals Scheme (MATES) and an extension of the validity of new subclass 600 business visitor stream visas, strengthening business ties. This partnership signifies a significant milestone in the bilateral relationship, creating new opportunities for individuals and a stronger strategic partnership overall.

MATES: Empowering Indian Graduates and Early Career Professionals

One of the most exciting highlights of the Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement is the introduction of the Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-professionals Scheme (MATES). MATES is a pathway tailor-made for young Indian graduates and early career professionals, offering them an exceptional opportunity to explore Australia’s dynamic job market, gain invaluable international experience, and contribute their expertise to diverse industries.

Eligibility Criteria for MATES

To be eligible for MATES, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Age Limit: The scheme is open to individuals aged 30 or younger at the time of application, providing young professionals with a platform to launch their careers on a global scale.

English Proficiency: Proficient English language skills are essential for successful applicants, ensuring effective communication and seamless integration into Australia’s workforce.

Recent Graduation: Applicants must have graduated from an eligible educational institution within the past two years, enabling fresh graduates to make the most of this transformative opportunity.

Qualification in Key Sectors: MATES targets professionals with qualifications in critical sectors, including:

  1. Renewable energy
  2. Mining
  3. Engineering
  4. Information Communications Technology (ICT)
  5. Artificial intelligence (AI)
  6. Financial technology (FinTech)
  7. Agricultural technology (AgriTech)

This strategic focus aligns with the evolving economic landscape and emerging industries in both countries.

No Australian Employer Sponsorship Requirement

One of the most attractive aspects of MATES is that applicants do not need sponsorship from an Australian employer to be eligible for the scheme. This opens exciting opportunities for young professionals seeking to build their careers in Australia without the usual employer sponsorship constraints.

Permitted Activities under MATES

MATES participants will be granted visas that allow them to live and work in Australia for up to two years. While there is no strict requirement to work in their nominated field of study, the program encourages participants to utilize their time in Australia to expand their skills and networks, especially in the specified sectors.

Strengthening Business Connections: Extended Validity for Business Visitor Stream Visas

In addition to catering to students and skilled professionals, the Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement emphasizes strengthening business ties between Australia and India. The MMPA introduces an extension in the validity of new subclass 600 business visitor stream visas, allowing businesspeople to stay in Australia for up to five years. This extended duration provides entrepreneurs, investors, and business executives with ample time to explore potential ventures, forge partnerships, and expand their networks, fostering economic growth and collaboration between the two nations.

For more information, see the official Australian Government Department of Home Affairs News: News (


The Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement between Australia and India marks a new era of collaboration and prosperity. By extending the validity of business visitor visas and fostering talent exchange, it paves the way for economic growth and strengthened ties. Young professionals and graduates are urged to seize this golden opportunity for personal and national enrichment.

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