ACT Skilled Migration Program closed to overseas applicants until July 2017

Effective 14 September 2016, if you are living overseas you cannot apply for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa 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

The ACT will accept applications for streamlined nomination from ACT PhD alumni living overseas.  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

The demand for ACT occupations will be reassessed in July 2017. The updated ACT Occupation List will be published when the ACT Migration Program reopens to overseas applicants in July 2017, 

Culture

Brumbies Rugby Union team

Australia’s culture is a unique blend of established traditions and new influences.

Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the custodians of one of the world’s oldest continuing cultural traditions. Their heritage lives on through art, rituals and performances, speaking and teaching languages and protecting cultural materials, objects and sacred and significant sites.

The early days of migrating to Australia saw settlers battling against a strange, harsh and often hostile environment, which has led to our strong beliefs in mateship, loyalty and a ‘fair go’.  Since that time, more than 6.5 million migrants have settled in Australia. These migrants have widened our social and cultural profile and helped to shape Australian life as we know it.

Our warm climate and love of the outdoors has become an integral part of our famous laid-back lifestyle, typified by a BBQ in the backyard, park or at the beach.

And it's no secret that Australians are sports mad. With more than 120 national and thousands of local, regional and state sporting organisations, it's estimated that six-and-a-half million people in Australia are registered sport participants. Not bad for a population of just over 23 million!

Today, more than 20 per cent of Australians are foreign born and more than 40 per cent are of mixed cultural origin. Their arrival has added richness to Australia’s culture and character, and helped to forge new attitudes and traditions.