ACT Skilled Migration Program closed to overseas applicants until July 2017

Canberra residents

This action does not affect Canberra based applicants. You are still able to apply for ACT nomination if you meet the nomination criteria.

Streamlined PhD nominations

This action does not affect ACT PhD alumni living overseas. You are still able to apply for steamlined nomination if you meet the nomination criteria. Email migrationservices@act.gov.au for advice on how to lodge the online application. 

ACT Occupation List will be updated in July 2017

On 19/04/2017, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection removed 216 occupations from the eligible list of occupations; and replaced the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) with the Combined Occupation List. A new 'ACT Occupation List', based on the Combined Occupation List, will be announced in July.

Values & Principles

Coat of arms

Australian Values and Principles

All Australians are entitled to a number of fundamental freedoms (within the bounds of the law), including speaking freely and openly, joining associations, holding meetings, worshipping their chosen religions and moving throughout Australia without restrictions.

As a new resident to Australia, you are encouraged to share the values that support our way of life. Before you apply for a visa to live in Australia, you are required to sign an Australian Values Statement confirming that you will respect Australian values and obey the laws of Australia. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection booklet ' Life in Australia - Australian Values and Principles' explains our values in detail. 

Australian values include:

  • respect for equal worth, and the dignity and freedom of the individual
  • freedom of speech
  • freedom of religion and secular government
  • freedom of association
  • support for parliamentary democracy and the rule of law
  • equality under the law
  • equality of men and women
  • equality of opportunity
  • peacefulness
  • a spirit of egalitarianism that embraces tolerance, mutual respect and compassion for those in need.

These values may be expressed in different ways by different people while still maintaining the same meaning. They are not unique to Australia, but have broad community agreement and underpin Australian society and culture. For more information, click on the ' Life in Australia - Australian Values and Principles' link below.