Canberra Matrix - invitation round: 25 March 2020

Information about Matrix score invited is available HERE. The next invitation round will be held on or before 9 April 2020.

COVID - 19 (Corona): impact on applicants for ACT 491 / 190 nomination: see HERE

Skilled visa - ACT nomination

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) offers Territory nomination under the following skilled migration streams:

• Skilled Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visa.

• Skilled Nominated (permanent) subclass 190 visa.

Before applying for ACT nomination, you must complete the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) SKILLSELECT and meet the Home Affairs points test (currently 65 points).

Applying for ACT nomination is a two stage process:

  1. You must formally express an interest in applying for ACT 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. You can select either ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination.  The highest ranked candidates in each stream will then be selected and invited to apply for ACT nomination. 

  2. If you are invited to apply for ACT 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 your eligibility and Matrix score claimed at the date of Matrix submission. 

You must read the ACT nomination guidelines carefully to ensure that you are eligible to complete the Canberra Matrix for ACT 491 / 190 nomination. If you are invited to apply for ACT nomination, your supporting documentation must evidence that you met the eligibility criteria and Matrix score claimed at the date you submitted the Matrix. 


 ACT guidelines  491 / 190 nomination 1 Jan 2020 ACT guidelines  491 / 190 nomination 1 Jan 2020

How to complete the Canberra Matrix

Before you begin the Canberra Matrix, have you read the ACT 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 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
  • if your client is invited, the application for ACT nomination is accessed from your agent portal. 

Individual candidates not using a migration agent are not required to create an account.

Your Matrix will automatically expire six months after submission if an invitation is not issued. Once a Matrix has lapsed, it cannot be reactivated.

PhD Streamlined 190 nomination

The ACT offers streamlined 190 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.  

Guidelines - Streamlined PhD 190 nomination  Guidelines - Streamlined PhD 190 nomination

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

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).  The employment must be with an Australian medium to large enterprise (50 plus employees) located in the ACT; or an academic appointment  (Level B to E) at an ACT tertiary institution.

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

^^  Australian Registration or licencing is required.

ACT Occupation List 1 January 2020 doc     ACT Occupation List 1 January 2020 pdf  

Further Information