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. 

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.