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

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

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. 

Health & Medical


In Australia, we’re looked after by a healthcare system that has two parts: a public system and a private system...

The public system, run by the Australian Government through Medicare, is paid for by our taxes. It assists with covering medical expenses such as:

  • Seeing a doctor or specialist.
  • Getting medical tests like x-rays or blood tests.
  • Buying prescription medicines.
  • Being treated in a public hospital.

The private healthcare system is made up of private hospitals, private health insurance companies and other health providers such as Dentists. Private health insurance offers cover for some or all of the costs of other services not covered by Medicare such as:

  • Treatment in a private hospital.
  • Ambulance trips.
  • Dentistry.
  • Eyeglasses.
  • Treatments such as physiotherapy or acupuncture.

Being a private patient means you have more control in choosing your treating doctor in hospital and in some instances can reduce your waiting time for elective surgery by having treatment in a private hospital.

If you are a recent migrant to Australia with permanent residency or you have applied for permanent residency, you are generally eligible to join Medicare and gain immediate access to health care services. You can also choose to purchase private health insurance.