The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) offers Territory nomination under the following skilled migration streams:
• Skilled Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visa.
• Skilled Nominated (permanent) subclass 190 visa.
Before applying for ACT nomination, you must complete the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) SKILLSELECT and meet the Home Affairs points test (currently 65 points).
Applying for ACT nomination is a two stage process:
You must formally express an interest in applying for ACT nomination by completing a score-based ‘Canberra Matrix’ where you are allocated points against demonstrated economic contribution or benefit and/or a genuine commitment to be part of the ACT community. You can select either ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination. The highest ranked candidates in each stream will then be selected and invited to apply for ACT nomination.
If you are invited to apply for ACT nomination, you must complete and submit the online application (and pay the service fee) within 14 days. You must attach the required documents to evidence your eligibility and Matrix score claimed at the date of Matrix submission. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, or you cannot provide evidence to validate the Matrix score that your invitation was based on, the application for ACT 190 nomination will not meet the nomination criteria.
You must read the ACT nomination guidelines carefully to ensure that you are eligible to complete the Canberra Matrix for ACT 491 / 190 nomination. If you are invited to apply for ACT nomination, you must evidence nomination eligibility and all Matrix points claimed at the date of Matrix submission.
The ACT 491 / 190 nomination eligibility and Matrix criteria (1 January 2020) applies to ALL Canberra Matrix submitted on or after 1 January 2020.
Your Matrix will automatically expire six months after submission if an invitation is not issued. Once a Matrix has lapsed, it cannot be reactivated.