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. 

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


Family having a picnic amongst autumn leaves

Canberra is unique to the other major cities of Australia in that we enjoy four distinct seasons that each provide an exceptional experience.

Because we’re at an average elevation of 570m, our nights are often clear and cool with frosts common in winter. January is the hottest month and July is the coldest and our average annual rainfall is 629 mm with an average of 108 rain days per year.


1 September  - 30 November
Average Min 6°C
Average Max 19°C
Average sunshine hours 8.4
Our city bursts into colour and is celebrated with our annual Floriade festival. This is the time when we start shedding our warmer items of clothing to enjoy bright sunny days and brisk nights.


1 December - 28 February
Average Min 12°C
Average Max 27°C
Average sunshine hours 9.3

Summer brings endless opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors, from BBQs in the many parks by the lake to a refreshing dip in one of our public swimming pools or nearby rivers. January is the hottest month reaching temperatures of 35°C or more, with low humidity. It’s important to protect yourself from sunburn by wearing hats and sunscreen.


1 March - 31 May
Average Min 7°C
Average Max 20°C
Average sunshine hours 7.1

Our city transforms into colours of red, gold, russet, ochre and crimson and the weather becomes milder with brisk mornings and cool nights.


1 June - 31 August
Average Min 1°C
Average Max 12°C
Average sunshine hours 6

Winter brings the occasional snowfall on the surrounding mountain ranges with the opportunity for snow play at nearby Corin Forest and Tidbinbilla or snow sports at the resorts of Mount Kosciusko National Park, only a 2½ hour drive away. Early morning frosts and the occasional fog give way to bright blue skies and sunny days while brisk nights provide the perfect opportunity for gathering in front of fireplaces in restaurants, bars or at home.

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