Skilled visa - ACT 190 nomination
Before applying for Australian Capital Territory (ACT) nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa, you must complete the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) SKILLSELECT and meet the Home Affairs points test for a subclass 190 visa.
ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa is a two stage process:
1. You must formally express an interest in applying for ACT 190 nomination by completing a score-based ‘Canberra Matrix’ where you are allocated points against demonstrated economic contribution or benefit and/or a genuine commitment to be part of the ACT community. The highest ranked candidates under the scoring system will then be selected and invited to apply for ACT 190 nomination.
2. If you are invited to apply for ACT 190 nomination, you must complete and submit the online application (and pay the service fee) within 14 days. You must attach the required documents to evidence eligibility and your Matrix score at the date of Matrix submission. If you are not eligible, or you cannot evidence the Matrix score that the invitation was based on, the application for ACT 190 nomination will not meet the nomination criteria.
You must read the ACT 190 nomination guidelines carefully to ensure that you are eligible to complete the Canberra Matrix. If you are invited to apply for ACT 190 nomination, you must provide evidence to support all Matrix points claimed. Claims must be true at the date of Matrix submission.
ACT 190 nomination guidelines 2019-20: effective 1 July 2019.
If you submit a Canberra Matrix on or after 1 July 2019, the ACT 190 nomination guidelines 2019-20 eligibility criteria and Matrix scoring will apply.
If you submitted a Canberra Matrix on or before 30 June 2019, your Matrix score is valid for six months.
All applications for ACT 190 nomination submitted after 1 July 2019 must include the documents listed in the ACT nomination guidelines 2019-20.
How to express an interest in ACT 190 nomination - Canberra Matrix
You may express your interest in applying for ACT 190 nomination by completing the Canberra Matrix.
Before you begin the Canberra Matrix, have you read the ACT 190 nomination guidelines carefully?
It is very important that you understand the criteria. If your Matrix score is ranked, and you are invited to apply for ACT 190 nomination you must provide supporting documents to evidence your eligibility and any Matrix score claimed at date of Matrix submission. If you can not provide evidence of your Matrix eligibility / score claimed, your application will be refused.
Migration agents acting on behalf of a client must register and create an agents account. The Canberra Matrix can be accessed from your agent portal. Agent Log In
Individual candidates not using a migration agent are not required to create an account. You can access the Canberra Matrix here: Apply now - Canberra Matrix
Invitation to apply for ACT 190 nomination
If you are invited to apply for ACT 190 nomination, you will receive an email with a 'onetime' weblink to access your online application.
Remember if the application is not submitted within 14 days, with service fee paid and confirmed, the application will automatically lapse and it cannot be reactivated.
If you decide to save your application for ACT 190 nomination before it is submitted, you may resume the saved application here Resume saved application
Streamlined PhD nomination criteria
The ACT offers streamlined nomination for holders of a PhD completed at an ACT university. You will benefit from a simplified application process with minimal supporting documentation, priority processing and the removal of the $300 service fee.
You must express your interest in ACT 190 nomination through the Canberra Matrix. The invitation to apply for ACT 190 nomination will be issued within seven days. Apply now - PhD Streamlined
ACT Occupation List 2019 - 20
The 2019-20 ACT Occupation List will apply to all Canberra Matrix applications submitted on or after 1 July 2019. If you submitted a Canberra Matrix on or before 30 June 2019, your Matrix score for a nominated occupation is valid for six months.
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, 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). The employment must be with an Australian medium to large enterprise (50 plus employees) located in the ACT; or an academic appointment at an ACT tertiary institution.
## Minimum one year employment contract with an ACT employer in the nominated occupation.
^^ Australian Registration or licencing is required.
Skilled Work Regional (provisional) subclass 491
Currently, the ACT can nominate eligible applicants for a permanent Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa. From 16 November 2019, the ACT will be considered regional for skilled migration purposes and gain access to the following provisional visas:
• Skilled Work Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visa program – the 491 visa applicant must be nominated by a state / territory government, or eligible close family member, and is valid for five years.
• Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Subclass 494 program. ACT employers will have access to sponsor skilled workers for a five-year work visa.
Holders of the 491/494 regional visa may transition to permanent residence after three years of living and working in regional Australia if they meet the Home Affairs eligibility criteria.
ACT 491 NOMINATION: The 491 eligibility criteria and guidelines will be published on this website when it is available.