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. 

Education & childcare

College students in the library

Canberra nurtures the pursuit of dreams – from the ground up. Here families are provided with the supportive services, facilities and environments to raise happy, inspired and resilient children.

Community is crucial for the support of families and Canberra has a number of ways to connect families with each other through playgroups, family events and activities.

Childcare

A wide range of childcare services provides children with a caring, creative and stimulating environment while allowing parents to pursue work or study. Government assistance is available to help with the cost of these services that include family day care, occasional care, long day care and school-aged care.

Preschool

The ACT Government’s Education and Training Directorate also provides one year of public preschool education. Public preschools are part of the local primary schools and are open to children who turn four on or before 30 April. In some areas, children are also eligible to start preschool from age three at an Early Childhood School.

Canberra school system

Canberra’s school system has a national reputation for achieving excellent academic results.

Consisting of 86 ACT Government public schools and over 44 Catholic and independent schools, each school offers a modern, well-equipped and supportive environment with opportunities for intellectual, sporting and cultural development.

Generally, children attend primary school from age 5 until they are 12 or 13 years old and then attend high school (or ‘secondary school’) until they are 17 or 18 years old. Some colleges (senior secondary schools) take only students in Years 11 and 12 who are preparing for the Year 12 Certificate. Find out more in our 'Learn' portal.