ACT Occupation List

Two health students studying at CIT

The ACT Occupation List identifies the skills that are currently in demand in Canberra (for migration purposes). The ACT Occupation List is used to determine the eligibility for ACT support of the following programs:

• Skilled Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visa.

• Skilled Nominated (permanent) subclass 190 visa.

Occupation Caveats: 

The following caveats apply to certain ‘open’ occupations on the ACT Occupation List. If you wish to nominate an ‘open’ occupation but you cannot comply with any ‘caveat’, the occupation is deemed to be ‘closed’.  If your occupation is closed, or deemed to be closed, you cannot claim Canberra Matrix points in the ‘Nominated Occupation’ category; or in the employment / spouse employability category.

** Employment Caveat. Minimum one year ACT employment contract in the nominated occupation with an:

  • Australian medium to large enterprise (50 plus employees) located in the ACT; or
  • Academic appointment (Level B to E) at an ACT tertiary institution. 

##  Employment Caveat: Minimum one year employment contract with an ACT employer in the nominated occupation.

^^  Australian Registration or licencing is required


The ACT Occupation List effective 1 January 2020, will apply to all Canberra Matrix submitted on or after 1 January 2020. 

If you submitted a Canberra Matrix on or before 31 December 2019, your Matrix score for a nominated occupation is valid for six months

ACT Occupation List  1 January 2020   ACT Occupation List  1 January 2020

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