ACT Skilled Migration Program closed to overseas applicants until July 2017

Canberra residents

This action does not affect Canberra based applicants. You are still able to apply for ACT nomination if you meet the nomination criteria.

Streamlined PhD nominations

This action does not affect ACT PhD alumni living overseas. You are still able to apply for steamlined nomination if you meet the nomination criteria. Email migrationservices@act.gov.au for advice on how to lodge the online application. 

ACT Occupation List will be updated in July 2017

As of 19/04/2017 the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) (which informed the ACT Occupation List) has been replaced by the Short term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL). There has been a removal of 200 occupations from the CSOL in creating the STSOL. A new ACT Occupation list based on the STSOL will be announced in July.

For workers

Three business people meet on street in Canberra

Canberra is a place to actively pursue your dreams.

As our Nation’s Capital, big ideas emerge, circulate and grow here, thanks to unique links between leading thinkers in business, government, education and research. Together with our dynamic economy, highly educated workforce and an innovative business culture, you’ll have access to unique career and business opportunities.

Whilst the Australian and ACT Governments are major employers in the city, over half of Canberra’s workforce is employed in our private sector, with more than 25,000 businesses servicing the region, from multi-nationals to micro businesses.

Our unemployment rate is low compared to most cities in Australia, and the pay's good too! Workers in Canberra enjoy the highest average full-time income in Australia.

And because Canberra is a ‘20 minute city’, getting to work is a breeze on our network of toll-free roads, cycle paths and efficient public transport system. You’ll spend less time commuting and more time doing the things you and your family enjoy.

Use the resources in this portal to take advantage of the employment opportunities and lifestyle benefits available in Canberra.