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We’re here to help the bold and ambitious make their mark in Australia.

The Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce has been established as part of the Australian Government’s JobMaker Plan – to help generate quality jobs for Australians.

The Taskforce is working to realise the Australian Government's vision to turbocharge the economy and boost prosperity across the nation. 

Our mission is to transform Australia into a more powerful magnet for marquee enterprises and exceptional individuals so we can reap the benefit of their ideas, capital, talent and networks. 

We are looking for businesses that can build clusters or ecosystems of excellence in priority sectors, conduct cutting-edge research and development, and fill gaps in supply chains. We want these apex enterprises to partner with local companies and institutions to help deliver our blueprint for economic growth.

We’re on the hunt for enterprises and individuals who will drive innovation and job creation by:

  • partnering and co-investing with Australian enterprises
  • helping Australian firms expand into global markets 
  • creating exciting new ventures
  • building Australia’s skills base
  • developing a deeper pool of intellectual and creative capital
  • building national resilience by filling gaps in critical supply chains

Hosted by the Department of Home Affairs, partnering with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, the Taskforce comprises:

  • 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
Special Envoy Peter Verwer, AO

Prime Minister's Special Envoy Peter Verwer, AO

Peter Verwer AO leads the Australian Government’s Global Business and Talent Attraction Taskforce.

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

Peter’s previous roles include Executive Chairman of startup think tank Fractal IQ, CEO of the Asia-Pacific Real Estate Association, CEO of the Property Council of Australia and Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore.

His most recent focus has been working with governments and industry in Asia to help open-up capital markets platforms. 

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, the Construction Forecasting Council, the nine-government Development Assessment Forum, and the Kirribilli Dialogue on Universal Design (as co-chair). 

Peter 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 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'.