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As of 19/04/2017 the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) (which informed the ACT Occupation List) has been replaced by the Short term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).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

Flora & Fauna

Bushland surrounding Canberra

Australia is a land like no other.

As a result of our geographic isolation more than 80 per cent of our flowering plants, mammals, reptiles and frogs are unique to Australia, along with most of our freshwater fish and almost half of our birds.

We have more than 4000 fish species, 1700 coral species, 370 species of mammals, 820 species of birds, 300 species of lizards, 140 species of snakes and two species of crocodiles. Among Australia’s best-known animals are the kangaroo, koala, echidna, dingo, platypus, wallaby and wombat.

An estimated 27,700 plant species vary across our many different natural environments; from tropical rainforests, stony inland deserts, alpine meadows and sandy heath lands. Gum trees (eucalypts) are the tree most commonly associated with Australia and make up almost 80 per cent of our forests and another common plant, the golden wattle, is Australia’s floral emblem.