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We’re here to help the bold and ambitious make their mark in Australia. Our role is to attract the best international talent and top-tier businesses – creating quality jobs and filling critical skills and supply chain gaps.

The Taskforce is a whole-of-nation initiative, hosted by the Department of Home Affairs in partnership with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. It is supported by: Treasury; Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources; Department of Defence; Department of Education, Skills and Employment; state and territory governments.

Target Markets:

  • Exceptionally talented professionals who can bring technical excellence and innovative thinking to fill our critical skills gaps.
  • People who excel in their field and have the knowledge base and managerial experience to mentor and help develop Australia’s next generation of home-grown talent.
  • Entrepreneurs with the ideas and intellectual property to establish and grow exciting new ventures and jobs.
  • Established businesses in priority industry sectors that will partner and co-invest with Australian enterprises and help them expand into global markets.
Special Envoy Peter Verwer AO

Peter Verwer AO

Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Global Business and Talent Attraction

Peter Verwer AO was appointed Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Global Business and Talent Attraction in late August 2020.

Peter leads the Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce which is leading a whole-of-government effort to attract high-value enterprises and exceptionally talented individuals to Australia to help turbocharge our economic recovery from COVID-19, boost our national resilience and drive competitiveness.

The Taskforce has been established in the Department of Home Affairs and in partnership with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, and comprises officers from APS agencies including the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Employment, Skills and Education, Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, Defence and the Treasury. The Taskforce is working closely with States and Territories.

Peter is a respected and experienced business leader with extensive commercial, academic and cultural networks across international markets.

Peter’s previous roles included Executive Chairman of Fractal IQ, CEO of the Asia Pacific Real Assets Association and CEO of the Property Council of Australia.

Peter has chaired several leadership groups, including the joint Australia-New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee’s Business Advisory Group on Mass Gathering Places, Liveable Housing Australia, Australia’s Construction Forecasting Council, the nine-government Development Assessment Forum, and the Kirribilli Dialogue on Universal Design (as co-chair).

Peter has also served on several Australian ministerial advisory councils, including, the Urban Policy Forum and the Australian Statistical Advisory Council.

The Australian Government appointed Peter one of six Disability Community Ambassadors in 2011. Peter was also special advisor to CareerTrackers, Australia’s leading Indigenous internship program.

Peter was also Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Institute of Real Estate and Urban Studies.

Peter was invested as an Officer of the Order of Australia in January 2019 for 'distinguished service to the property sector, to sustainable development and construction and to professional bodies'.

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