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The next Canberra Matrix invitation round is expected to be held on or before 1 January 2021, pending on the final 2020/21 allocation of nomination places.  Information about the nominated occupations and Matrix score invited in each round is available HERE

Skilled visa - ACT nomination

The Australian Government’s priority for migration in 2020-21 is supporting Australia’s economic and public health response to, and recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes an emphasis on migrants who will make productive investments in Australia, create jobs for Australians, provide critical health and medical skills, and support economic productivity. 

Under the Territory Migration Agreement, the ACT is allocated a fixed number of nominations each year. The Australian Government has directed that the nominations provided to states and territories are to focus on applicants critical to supporting the COVID-19 response. This includes individuals providing critical or specialist medical services, those with critical skills required to maintain the supply of essential goods and services, and people who deliver services in sectors critical to Australia’s economic recovery.

• See ACT ‘Critical Skills List.

The Canberra Matrix is closed to overseas applicants.

Applying for ACT nomination

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

• Skilled Work Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visa.

• Skilled Nominated (permanent) subclass 190 visa.

The Canberra Matrix is closed to overseas applicants.

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. There is not guarantee that your Matrix score will be ranked as the demand for ACT nomination far exceeds the number of nomination places available each year.

  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 your eligibility and Matrix score claimed at the date you submitted the Matrix. 

ACT Guidelines - 491/ 190 Nomination - CLICK HERE

Complete the Canberra Matrix - CLICK HERE

2020-21 Ranking and selection process

The Australian Government has directed the ACT to restrict nominations to Canberra residents with skills critical to supporting the ACT’s post pandemic economic recovery.

Matrix submitted before 1 July 2020:

• Canberra residents:

o All Matrix submissions will be sorted and only applicants with an occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List will be selected and, if ranked, invited to apply for ACT nomination.

o 457 / 482 visa holders who did not nominate an occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List will not be ranked and must submit a new Matrix.

o Matrix submissions that did not nominate an occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List will not be ranked and will lapse after six months.

Overseas applicants.

o The Canberra Matrix is closed to overseas applicants. Matrix submitted by overseas applicants will not be ranked and will automatically lapse after six months.

Matrix submitted after 18 August 2020

• Canberra residents:

o Separate invitation rounds will be held for the 491 and 190 nomination streams.

o The highest ranked candidates in each stream will be invited to apply for ACT nomination.  

o  The Matrix will also be ranked by Occupation. An invitation may not be issued if an occupation cap is met.

PhD Streamlined nomination

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.  

Guidelines - Streamlined PhD nomination  

You must express your interest in ACT nomination through the Canberra Matrix. You do not claim a matrix score. The invitation to apply for ACT nomination will be issued within seven days.  

Apply now  - PhD Streamlined

ACT Critical Skills List

Cap on Occupations

The number of ACT nomination places may be capped for each occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List. Invitations may not be issued when the monthly cap for an occupation is reached.

See ACT Critical Skills List    

Further Information