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A town sitting in Victoria famous for its "Sovereign Hill" that is a replica gold rush town cloaked in 1850's mines, shops and streets, Ballarat sits on the Yarrowee River in the Central Highlands with a population of about 101,588. It's the 3rd largest "inland city" in Australia. Once a sheep station, it was transformed into a major settlement when the Victorian gold rush happened in the mid 1800s. Unlike many other gold rush towns, Ballarat sustained its high gold yields for decades. This was the home of the Eureka Rebellion and is considered by some to be the origin of democracy in Australia. Today it's the commercial capital of the Central Highlands known for its culture, history and well-preserved Victorian era heritage and home to coworking venues catering to its locals who wish to get some work done.
Ballarat is no tech hub per se, but it does have its intrepid and creative souls meandering around checking out gold nuggets on display and dreaming of their own golden vein. The Australian government has unveiled a new trial visa scheme aimed at fixing Australia's tech talent shortage, which is being hailed as a game changer for the local fast-growing startups. This new "Global Talent Scheme" visa for one year replaces the short-term working visa. It will allow companies who operate in STEM-related fields to hire up to 5 people per year on this visa with applicants being eligible for permanent residency after 3 years. Startups in Australia are celebrating this new government support and coworking venues are literally springing up everywhere.
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