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.

Fast Facts

  • The ACT has the highest participation rate in sport of any state or territory.
  • Over 70 per cent of the ACT is open space!
  • We have the highest attendance at art galleries, concerts, theatre, dance, cinemas and musicals in Australia.
  • Canberra has a higher percentage of volunteers than other Australian cities.
  • Our median age is younger than the rest of Australia: 34 (ACT) 37 (Australia)
  • Canberra has the most highly educated population in Australia.
  • A higher percentage of people use a bicycle as the main form of transport than anywhere else in Australia
  • A higher percentage of households in Canberra recycle waste than the rest of Australia
  • We have the highest number of dwelling commencements than anywhere else in Australia
  • Canberra is
    • 281 kilometers to Sydney
    • 660 kilometers to Melbourne
    • 210 kilometers to Snowy Mountains
    • 150kms to South Coast
  • The ACT stands for the 'Australian Capital Territory', and is Australia's smallest self-governed territory comprising 2,359km2 of bushland and one major city – Canberra.
  • 23.8% of our population was born overseas.
  • Canberra has the highest percentage of early adopters of technology and the greatest NBN take-up in Australia

Further Information