THE ACT SKILLED MIGRATION PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED TO OVERSEAS APPLICANTS: EFFECTIVE 23 AUGUST 2017

However, if you are living overseas and you have close ties (either family or genuine job offer) in Canberra; OR you have completed a PhD at an ACT university, you can still apply for ACT 190 nomination if you meet the criteria. 

If you have already submitted an application and paid the service fee before 23 August 2017, the application will be processed in queue order. 

CANBERRA RESIDENTS - if you are living in Canberra, you can apply for ACT 190 nomination as soon as you meet the nomination criteria. 

Working in Canberra

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Because Canberra is the capital of Australia, the Federal and ACT Governments are our major employers. But there's also more than 25,000 businesses servicing the region, from multi-nationals to micro businesses. Over half of Canberra’s workforce is employed in our private sector.

Canberra has a unique employment market – here you’ll find the best educated workforce and the highest average full-time income in Australia. We also maintain the nation's lowest unemployment rate.

The strength of our economy and recent growth has lead to many industries experiencing labour shortages. That means there are good opportunities for students to gain casual or part-time work during your studies.

As a graduate there's also potential for you to gain full-time employment in Canberra if a local employer is willing to sponsor you as a skilled migrant, and you meet Department of Home Affairs criteria.

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