Canberra Matrix - invitation round: 8 November 2019

Information about Matrix score invited is available HERE. The next invitation round will be held on or before 25 November 2019.

ACT 491 nomination:

The ACT is defined as regional for skilled migration purpose from 16 November 2019.  While potential applicants can complete the Home Affairs Skillselect EOI from this date, the 491 Canberra Matrix can only be submitted from 1 January 2020.


The 2019 eligibility criteria will apply to all 190 Matrix submitted on or before 31 December 2019. 
The 2020 eligibility criteria will apply to all 190 Matrix submitted on or after 1 January 2020.

2020 Nomination criteria:

The eligibility criteria for 190/491 nomination in 2020 will be published on or before 28 November 2019.

Living in Canberra

Person walking around Lake Burley Griffin

What are the key attributes of a city that offer your ideal lifestyle?

Is it access to the great outdoors or perhaps the ability to visit world class attractions on your doorstep? For many it's about family - the ability to have the elusive work/life balance that's often talked about but can be difficult to achieve.

The key elements that make up your ideal lifestyle will depend on your personality, your interests and your passion! Creating a check list of lifestyle 'must haves' can help when you are comparing different locations.

The Living and Playing sections of this website will give you some insight into why Canberra is considered the lifestyle capital - where the work/life balance is achievable.

Throughout your journey you will often see references to the 'ACT'. Short for the 'Australian Capital Territory', the ACT is Australia's smallest self-governed territory comprising 2,359km2 of bushland and one major city – Canberra. The ACT is essentially a city state.