ACT Occupation List

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa – Closure of ACT nomination program to overseas applicants for 2013/14

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is pleased to announce that program targets for ACT nomination of a Skilled- Nominated (subclass 190) visa have been met for the 2013/14 financial year.

Effective Tuesday 25 March 2014, applications for ACT nomination from overseas residents will not be accepted.  If you are living overseas, you will not be able to apply for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa until the program reopens on 1 July 2014.

If you are living in Canberra and working in a skilled occupation, you are still able to apply for ACT nomination of the Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa providing  you meet the current nomination criteria.

Thank you for your interest in migrating to Canberra.

Do you have the skills we need in Canberra? If the type of work you do is in demand it will be identified on the ACT Occupation List.

Skilled migrants

You must read the Skilled - Nominated (190) visa guidelines in conjunction with the ACT Occupation List.

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Visit the guidelines page for further infomation on the RSMS and Business Visa guidelines.

As a skilled migrant you can apply for ACT nomination if the status of your nominated occupation is shown as ‘open’ on the ACT Occupation List and you meet the nomination criteria as shown in the guidelines. If the status of the nominated occupation is ‘limited’, the occupation must be verified by the Migration and Information Services (MIS) Unit, ACT Government, before your application can be lodged.

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The occupations identified do not relate to a specific job vacancy, nor represent a guarantee of a job in a specific occupation. Your success finding employment will depend on the employer requirements, relevant skills and experience and level of English ability. As a new resident you may not be eligible to apply for some Federal Government positions where citizenship or security clearance is required.

You will also need to meet the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) skilled visa criteria.

Employer sponsored

Employers seeking to apply to the Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for support of an Employer nomination must demonstrate that the position cannot be filled from the local labour market.

If the nominated occupation is listed as 'open' on the current ACT Occupation list, the application for RCB support is deemed to meet this criteria.

Occupations listed as 'limited' or 'closed' do not meet the criteria. You should refer to the RCB guidelines for other pathways to demonstrate that the position cannot be filled from the local labour market.

Trades workers

Facts to tell your friends

Living

  • Canberra averages more sunshine than Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide.Hours of Sunshine
  • Average weekly full-time income: $1639.Average Full-time Weekly Income
  • The ACT has a higher average life expectancy than the rest of Australia.Life Expectancy
  • Canberra has the most extensive cycling network in Australia.Cycling Around
  • The ACT has the best performing school system in Australia.Education
  • Canberra has the shortest average weekly commuting time.Commuting Times (average weekly)

Learning

  • Canberra has 23000 full-time higher-education students, and 30% of these are international students.Higher Education
  • Average weekly full-time income: $1639.Average Full-time Weekly Income
  • Canberra averages more sunshine than Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide.Hours of Sunshine
  • Median age: 34 years old.Median Age
  • Driving time to Sydney: 3 hours, to the Snow: 2.5 hours, NSW beaches: 2 hoursDrive to Sydney, Snow & Beaches
  • Canberra has Australia's most educated workforce.Australia's Most Educated Workforce
  • Population of Canberra: 379,000.Population
  • Unemployment rate: 4.6% (5.5% in Australia)Unemployment rate
  • One quarter of Canberra's population was born overseas.Multiculturalism

Migrating

  • Canberra averages more sunshine than Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide.Hours of Sunshine
  • Average weekly full-time income: $1639.Average Full-time Weekly Income
  • One quarter of Canberra's population are born overseas.Multiculturalism
  • Median age: 34 years old.Median Age
  • Driving time to Sydney: 3 hours, to the Snow: 2.5 hours, NSW beaches: 2 hoursDrive to Sydney, Snow & Beaches
  • 21.2% of Canberrans volunteer, ahead of the national average 17.8%Volunteering
  • Population of Canberra: 379,000.Population
  • Unemployment rate: 4.6% (5.5% in Australia)Unemployment Rate
  • Canberra has the shortest average weekly commuting time.Commuting Times (average weekly)

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