Effective 4:00pm AEST Friday 29 June 2018:

Canberra residents:
• You are eligible to apply for ACT 190 nomination if your nominated occupation is listed as ‘open’ on the current ACT Occupation List.

• You are not eligible to apply for ACT 190 nomination if your nominated occupation is listed as ‘closed ‘on the current ACT Occupation List.

Overseas residents: 
• The ACT 190 nomination program remains closed for overseas applicants without close ties to Canberra, and is now closed to overseas applicants with close ties to Canberra.

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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