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As of 19/04/2017 the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) (which informed the ACT Occupation List) has been replaced by the Short term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).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.

PhD graduates streamlined ACT nomination update

Published 11th October 2016

The ACT Government will begin accepting applications for streamlined nomination of PhD graduates from Canberra institutions from 1 November 2016. Subject to meeting Australian Government requirements, international students awarded a PhD by an ACT university can apply for fast tracked nomination to live and work in Canberra through the State/Territory nominated (subclass 190) visa.

Canberra residents who have been living in Canberra for at least 12 months can apply for streamlined ACT nomination if you have been awarded a PhD by an ACT university. There is no criteria relating to when your PhD was awarded by an ACT university providing that you meet the Canberra residency requirement.

Applicants from other parts of Australia and from overseas can apply for streamlined ACT nomination if your PhD was awarded by an ACT university no more than two years before you apply.

Applicants will benefit from a simplified application process with minimal supporting documentation and will not pay the ACT Government service fee ($300 at date of publication).

Full guidelines for streamlined ACT Nomination for PhD graduates will be available on this website from 17 October 2016. Applications for streamlined ACT nomination will open on 1 November 2016.