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As of 19/04/2017 the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) (which informed the ACT Occupation List) has been replaced by the Short term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).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

Economy

Three business people meet on street in Canberra

Canberra has an enviable economic track record, performing consistently over the years.

We have one of the strongest job markets and lowest unemployment rates in the nation and our city is one of the strongest for new housing construction. As a result, Canberra has the highest average level of disposable income of any Australian capital city.

Our city's main industry is public administration and safety, and the headquarters of many Australian Public Service agencies are located here. We are also host to several Australian Defence Force establishments, most notably the Australian Defence Force headquarters and HMAS Harman – a naval communications centre that is being converted into a tri-service, multi-user depot.

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.