Canberra Matrix - invitation round: 25 November 2019

Information about Matrix score invited is available HERE. The next invitation round will be held on or before 20 December 2019.

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. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, or you cannot provide evidence to validate the Matrix score that your invitation was based on, the application for ACT 190 nomination will not meet the nomination criteria.

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, you must evidence nomination eligibility and all Matrix points claimed at the date of Matrix submission.

ACT GUIDELINES - 491 AND 190 NOMINATION: EFFECTIVE 1 JANUARY 2020

The ACT 491 / 190 nomination eligibility and Matrix criteria (1 January 2020) applies to ALL Canberra Matrix submitted on or after 1 January 2020.

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

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

ACT 190 nomination guidelines: 1 July 2019

If you submit a Canberra Matrix on or before 31 December 2019, the ACT 190 nomination guidelines @1 July 2019 applies. Your Matrix score is valid for six months. 

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

ACT 190 Nomination guidelines doc  ACT 190 nomination guidelines pdf

How to express an interest in ACT nomination - Canberra Matrix

You may express your interest in applying for ACT nomination by completing 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

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 nomination

If you are invited to apply for ACT nomination, you will receive an email with 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 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.  

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 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

The ACT Occupation List 1 January 2020 applies to all Canberra Matrix applications submitted on or after 1 January 2020. 

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


ACT Occupation List 1 July 2019 

The ACT Occupation List 1 July 2019 applies to all Canberra Matrix applications submitted on or after 1 July 2019 until 31 December 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.

ACT Occupation List  doc 1 July 2019     ACT Occupation List  doc 1 July 2019 pdf

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