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As of 19/04/2017 the Consolidated Sponsored Occupation List (CSOL) (which informed the ACT Occupation List) has been replaced by the Short term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL).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

Living in Canberra

Person walking around Lake Burley Griffin

What are the key attributes of a city that offer your ideal lifestyle?

Is it access to the great outdoors or perhaps the ability to visit world class attractions on your doorstep? For many it's about family - the ability to have the elusive work/life balance that's often talked about but can be difficult to achieve.

The key elements that make up your ideal lifestyle will depend on your personality, your interests and your passion! Creating a check list of lifestyle 'must haves' can help when you are comparing different locations.

The Living and Playing sections of this website will give you some insight into why Canberra is considered the lifestyle capital - where the work/life balance is achievable.

Throughout your journey you will often see references to the 'ACT'. Short for the 'Australian Capital Territory', the ACT is Australia's smallest self-governed territory comprising 2,359km2 of bushland and one major city – Canberra. The ACT is essentially a city state.