The Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early-professionals Scheme (MATES) is a new scheme established under the Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement (MMPA) between India and Australia. MATES allows Indian university graduates and early career professionals to live and work in Australia for up to two years and to gain employment and valuable experience in their areas of expertise. The scheme will be 3000 places for primary applicants per program year. Primary applicants will be able to apply to bring dependents. Dependents will be provided work rights and do not count towards the annual cap.

The scheme has no set timeframe for commencement.

How will it work?


MATES will be open to Indian nationals who:

  • are aged 30 or younger (inclusive) at the time of application;
  • have not previously participated in MATES;
  • have proficient English language skills (overall IELTS or equivalent score of at least 6, with a minimum score of 5 for each of the four parts);
  • have graduated within two years from an eligible educational institution at the time of application and
  • hold a qualification (Bachelor’s degree or higher) in one of the following:
    – renewable energy
    – mining
    – engineering
    – Information Communications Technology (ICT)
    – artificial intelligence (AI)
    – financial technology (FinTech)
    – agricultural technology (AgriTech).

Further information regarding this Scheme can be found on the Department’s website and in the Minister’s media release.

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