Canberra – Migration options and what to do?

ACT is one of the most sought after state when it comes to migration as ACT got its own points systems which is called as CANBERRA MATRIX. Whole idea behind Canberra Matrix is to attract the talents who is going to contribute to local economy of Canberra for long term.

The Australian Government allocates the ACT a fixed number of nomination places each financial year. The 2021-22 allocation is 2000 nomination places:

  • ACT permanent 190 nomination: 600 places
  • ACT provisional 491 nomination: 1400 places

190 Visa options for Canberra as well as 491 Visa options are explained as below:

190 Visa

491 Visa

Nominate an occupation from ACTCSL; Or hold a 457/482 visa; Or own an eligible business and claiming Canberra Matrix Points in the Small Business Owner category
6 Months residence in ACT; and continue 3 Months residence in ACT; and continue
6 Months employment (including employee, self-employment, eligible business owner) 3 Months employments (including employee, self-employment, eligible business owner)
Proficient English for skill level 1 and 2 occupations (except for Chef)

What is the ACT Critical Skills List?

The ACT Critical Skills List identifies the occupations in current demand in the ACT. This List is important if you want to apply for ACT nomination for either:

You can also claim points in the Canberra Matrix if your occupation in on the Critical Skills List or you are working in an occupation on the list.

Cap on occupations

Depending on demand, we may cap the number of ACT nomination places for each occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List.

We may not invite you to apply if the monthly cap for your occupation has been reached.

CHECK Current ACT Critical Skills List

Type of visa

The Department of Home Affairs allows us to nominate applicants for two types of skilled migration visas in the ACT:

Carefully check the details on the Department of Home Affairs website for each visa type to make sure that you:

  • choose the right visa for your situation.
  • meet all of Department of Home Affairs’ eligibility criteria for that visa.

Before you start the ACT nomination process, you must submit a valid expression of interest (EOI) via SkillSelect. This is an online application process administered by the Department of Home Affairs. If you do not meet the Home Affairs visa criteria you cannot apply for ACT nomination.

ACT migration manage the nomination process, but the Department of Home Affairs manages the visa application process. Please note, ACT migration team cannot answer any questions about applying for your visa or the current visa processing time.

About this process

You must be invited to apply for ACT nomination. You can express your interest by completing the Canberra Matrix. We use the Matrix to fairly manage the nomination process and select applicants who will best contribute to the Canberra region.

The Matrix is a merit based assessment tool where you can score points for your length of ACT residence, occupation, employment, English, study, investment and close family living in Canberra.

We will rank your Matrix based on the number of points you’ve claimed. Those who rank high enough will receive an invitation email to apply for ACT nomination with a web link to the online application.

Remember your supporting documents must prove that you met the eligibility criteria and any Matrix score claimed at the date you submit the Matrix.

Please note: The demand for ACT nomination far exceeds the annual allocation of nomination places. There is no guarantee that your Matrix score will be ranked, even if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Check your eligibility under Canberra Matrix now:

Canberra Matrix Points Calculator



Contact us now to explore your possibilities to apply 190 or 491 visa for Canberra.

Settle in Canberra in 2022-2023 with help of our registered migration agents.

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