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, 

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.