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. 

Economy

Three business people meet on street in Canberra

Canberra has an enviable economic track record, performing consistently over the years.

We have one of the strongest job markets and lowest unemployment rates in the nation and our city is one of the strongest for new housing construction. As a result, Canberra has the highest average level of disposable income of any Australian capital city.

Our city's main industry is public administration and safety, and the headquarters of many Australian Public Service agencies are located here. We are also host to several Australian Defence Force establishments, most notably the Australian Defence Force headquarters and HMAS Harman – a naval communications centre that is being converted into a tri-service, multi-user depot.

Whilst the Australian and ACT Governments are major employers in the city, over half of Canberra’s workforce is employed in our private sector, with more than 25,000 businesses servicing the region, from multi-nationals to micro businesses.