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Matrix invitation round 9 April 2021 - Information about the nominated occupations and Matrix score invited is available HERE.

The next Canberra Matrix invitation round will be held on or before 16 April 2021. 

Current integrity check: nominations approved in August / September 2020 

From 1 April 2021, an employer Statutory Declaration, confirming your employment in Canberra is genuine, MUST be attached to your application for ACT nomination, regardless of when the Matrix was submitted.  


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ACT nomination - Business Innovation and Investment Programme

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government welcomes overseas investment in Canberra, Australia’s national capital; a city of innovation and opportunity. Canberra is internationally recognised for an enviable lifestyle and a business friendly environment. Your business / entrepreneurial venture can take advantage of a strong and stable economy, a vibrant, safe and well educated community, and a collaborative and innovative business sector. Canberra offers investors a pro-business culture that is actively supported by the ACT Government.


The Australian Government has directed that ACT nominations focus on high quality applications that will have economic benefit to the ACT in the post pandemic recovery phase.

You must be invited to apply for ACT 188 nomination. To be considered for ACT nomination, you must have a valid EOI in SkillSelect with the 'ACT' as your preferred location.

You can email a request for invitation to migrationservices@act.gov.au. You must attach a the following information to the email:

  • Summary of successful business career with demonstrated experience in proposed business activity
  • Summary of the proposed ACT business investment,
  • Statement of Economic viability / benefit of the proposed ACT business activity
  • SkillSelect EOI record of response
  • Evidence of any close family connection living in Canberra.

An invitation is not a guarantee that the application for ACT nomination will be approved. The application will be assessed against the viability and economic benefit to the ACT in the post pandemic recovery phase.


ACT nomination guidelines 


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