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.

 

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Social Customs

Picnic in a Canberra park during spring

Our social customs are not unique to Australia. We are a relatively informal country but there are few customs that are useful to know.

  • Men and women are treated equally in Australia. 
  • Most Australians tend to call each other by their first names, unless asked otherwise.
  • We shake hands with new people we meet.
  • We generally do not kiss or hug new acquaintances when meeting.
  • You show respect by looking someone in the eye when you are talking to them 
  • Some workplaces, Clubs and movie theatres require a certain standard of dressing.
  • We use the words “please” and “thank you” when buying goods and services.
  • We say “sorry” if we accidentally bump into someone and “excuse me” if we want to get someone’s attention.
  • Tipping is not a general common practice, but we do leave tips if we receive excellent service, around 10%, particularly in a restaurant or for a taxi fare.
  • In Australia, you can be friends with members of the opposite sex and enjoy social outings together.