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.

Social Customs

Picnic in a Canberra park during spring

Our social customs are not unique to Australia. We are a relatively informal country but there are few customs that are useful to know.

  • Men and women are treated equally in Australia. 
  • Most Australians tend to call each other by their first names, unless asked otherwise.
  • We shake hands with new people we meet.
  • We generally do not kiss or hug new acquaintances when meeting.
  • You show respect by looking someone in the eye when you are talking to them 
  • Some workplaces, Clubs and movie theatres require a certain standard of dressing.
  • We use the words “please” and “thank you” when buying goods and services.
  • We say “sorry” if we accidentally bump into someone and “excuse me” if we want to get someone’s attention.
  • Tipping is not a general common practice, but we do leave tips if we receive excellent service, around 10%, particularly in a restaurant or for a taxi fare.
  • In Australia, you can be friends with members of the opposite sex and enjoy social outings together.