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 for advice on how to lodge the online application. 

ACT Occupation List will be updated in July 2017

On 19/04/2017, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection removed 216 occupations from the eligible list of occupations; and replaced the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) with the Combined Occupation List. A new 'ACT Occupation List', based on the Combined Occupation List, will be announced in July.

Cultural diversity

Woman dancing at the National Folk Festival

Our open and connected community embraces multiculturalism and diversity. Around 25 per cent of our population was born overseas and thousands of international students come to study here each year.

As the seat of Australia's government, Canberra is also home to over 90 diplomatic missions and embassies, adding to our cosmopolitan community.

Each year our Multicultural Festival celebrates the diversity of our population through music, dance, cultural demonstrations and a fantastic range of food, attracting thousands of people. And Canberra is home to multicultural clubs and organisations that represent a myriad of cultures offering the opportunity for people who share a common heritage to meet and socialise.


Australia has no official state religion however it is predominantly a Christian country. Most of the 22 major religions of the world are practised in Australia reflecting the country's multicultural society. People are free to practice any religion they want as long as they are not breaking the law.

In Canberra you will find facilities and places of worship for most religions, with some available on campus. Ask student services at your institution about the facilities available to you.