ACT Critical Skills List

ACT Occupation List 2020

New ACT Critical Skill List (Aug 2020) is available



About the ACT Occupation List

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.

The ACT Occupation List identifies the skills that are currently in demand in Canberra (for skilled migration purposes). The ACT Occupation List is not linked to specific job vacancies and it is not a guarantee of a job in a nominated occupation. You must be satisfied that there are sufficient employment opportunities in your nominated occupation before you apply for ACT nomination. You will compete for employment vacancies with all people in the labour market as part of a normal selection process. Your success will depend on employer requirements, your relevant skills, your experience and your level of English language ability.

New residents generally do not meet the criteria of employers with employment opportunities that require Australian Citizenship or a security clearance.


ACT Occupation List updates

While a major analysis of the demand for occupations will generally be undertaken twice a year, usually in January and July, the demand for each occupation will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. Once it is determined that the demand for an occupation has been met, the occupation will be closed without further notice.


ACT Occupation List

Occupation Caveats: The following caveats apply to certain ‘open’ occupations on the ACT Occupation List. If you wish to nominate an ‘open’ occupation but you cannot comply with any ‘caveat’, the occupation is deemed to be ‘closed’.  If your occupation is closed or deemed to be closed, you (or a spouse/ partner) cannot claim Matrix points for an ‘open’ occupation in any category.
** Employment Caveat. Minimum one year ACT employment contract in nominated occupation:

  • with an Australian medium to large enterprise (50 plus employees) located in the ACT; or 
  • an appointment for an academic position at an ACT tertiary institution. 
## Minimum one year employment contract with an ACT employer in the nominated occupation.
^^  Australian Registration or licencing is required
ANZSCO Occupation Status
131112 Sales & Marketing Manager Open
131113 Advertising Manager Open
131114 Public Relations Manager Open
132511 Research and development manager ** Only Open if caveat is met
133111 Construction Project Manager Open
133211 Engineering Manager Open
225311 Public Relations Professional Open
232111 Architect Open
232112 Landscape Architect Open
232411 Graphic Designer Open
232412 Illustrator Open
232414 Web Designer Open
233211 Civil Engineer Open
233212 Geotechnical Engineer Open
233213 Quantity Surveyor Open
233214 Structural Engineer Open
233311 Electrical Engineer Open
233411 Electronics Engineer Open
233511 Industrial Engineer Open
233512 Mechanical Engineer Open
233513 Production or plant engineer Open
233911 Aeronautical Engineer Open
233912 Agricultural Engineer Open
233913 Biomedical Engineer Open
233914 Engineering Technologist Open
233915 Environmental Engineer Open
233999 Engineering Professionals nec Open
233916 Naval Architect** Only Open if caveat is met
234111 Agricultural Consultant** Only Open if caveat is met
234112 Agricultural Scientist** Only Open if caveat is met
234211 Chemist ** Only Open if caveat is met
234312 Environmental Consultant ** Only Open if caveat is met
234313 Environmental Research Scientist ** Only Open if caveat is met
234399 Environmental Scientists nec ** Only Open if caveat is met
234411 Geologist ** Only Open if caveat is met
234412 Geophysicist ** Only Open if caveat is met
234413 Hydrogeologist ** Only Open if caveat is met
234511 Life Scientist (general) ** Only Open if caveat is met
234517 Microbiologist ** Only Open if caveat is met
234518 Zoologist ** Only Open if caveat is met
234599 life scientists (nec) ** Only Open if caveat is met
234513 Biochemist ** Only Open if caveat is met
234514 Biotechnologist ** Only Open if caveat is met
234515 Botanist** Only Open if caveat is met
234516 Marine Biologist** Only Open if caveat is met
234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist** Only Open if caveat is met
234914 Physicist ** Only Open if caveat is met
234999 Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec ** Only Open if caveat is met
242111 University Lecturer ** Only Open if caveat is met
251211 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer Open
251212 Medical Radiation Therapist Open
251213 Nuclear Medicine Technologist Open
251214 Sonographer Open
251511 Hospital Pharmacist ## Only Open if caveat is met
251512 Industrial Pharmacist ## Only Open if caveat is met
251513 Retail Pharmacist ## Only Open if caveat is met
252411 Occupational Therapist Open
252511 Physiotherapist Open
252711 Audiologist Open
252712 Speech Pathologist Open
253111 General Practitioner Open
253112 Resident Medical Officer Open
254111 Midwife Open
254311 Nurse Manager Open
254411 Nurse Practitioner Open
254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care) Open
254413 Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health) Open
254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health) Open
254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency) Open
254416 Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) Open
254417 Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehabilitation) Open
254418 Registered Nurse (Medical) Open
254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) Open
254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health) Open
254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative) Open
254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical) Open
254425 Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) Open
254499 Registered Nurses (nec) Open
261111 ICT Business Analyst ** Only Open if caveat is met
261112 Systems Analyst** Only Open if caveat is met
261211 Multimedia Specialist Open
261212 Web Developer Open
261311 Analyst Programmer** Only Open if caveat is met
261312 Developer Programmer** Only Open if caveat is met
261313 Software Engineer** Only Open if caveat is met
261314 Software Tester** Only Open if caveat is met
261399 Software and Applications Prog. nec** Only Open if caveat is met
262111 Database Administrator** Only Open if caveat is met
262112 ICT Security Specialist** Only Open if caveat is met
262113 Systems Administrator** Only Open if caveat is met
263111 Computer Network & Systems Engineer** Only Open if caveat is met


263112 Network Administrator** Only Open if caveat is met
263113 Network Analyst** Only Open if caveat is met
263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer** Only Open if caveat is met
263212 ICT Support Engineer** Only Open if caveat is met
263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer** Only Open if caveat is met
263299 ICT Support and Test Engineers (nec) ** Only Open if caveat is met
263311 Telecommunications Engineer** Only Open if caveat is met
263312 Telecommunications Network Engineer** Only Open if caveat is met
272111 Careers Counsellor Open
272112 Drug & Alcohol Counsellor Open
272113 Family & Marriage Counsellor Open
272114 Rehabilitation Counsellor Open
272115 Student Counsellor Open
272311 Clinical Psychologist Open
272312 Educational Psychologist Open
272313 Organisational Psychologist Open
272314 Psychotherapist Open
272399 Psychologists (nec) Open
272511 Social Worker Open
272612 Recreation Officer Open
272613 Welfare Worker Open
321211 Motor Mechanic (General) Open
321212 Diesel Motor Mechanic Open
321213 Motorcycle Mechanic Open
321214 Small Engine Mechanic Open
322311 Metal Fabricator Open
322313 Welder (First Class) Open
324111 Panel beater Open
331111 Bricklayer Open
331112 Stonemason Open
332211 Painting Trades Workers Open
333211 Fibrous Plasterer Open
333212 Solid Plasterer Open


334111 Plumber (General) ^^ Only Open if caveat is met
334112 Aircon. & Mechanical Services Plumber  ^^ Only Open if caveat is met
334113 Drainer  ^^ Only Open if caveat is met
334114 Gasfitter  ^^ Only Open if caveat is met
334115 Roof Plumber  ^^ Only Open if caveat is met
341111 Electrician (General) ^^ Only Open if caveat is met
341112 Electrician (Special Class) ^^ Only Open if caveat is met
341113 Lift Mechanic  ^^ Only Open if caveat is met
342111 Air-con & Refrigeration Mechanic  ^^ Only Open if caveat is met
391111 Hairdresser Open
394111 Cabinetmaker Open
411411 Enrolled Nurse Open



Closed occupations – 190 and 491 NOMINATION

ANZSCO Occupation Status
121212 Flower Grower Closed
121215 Grape Grower Closed
121221 Vegetable Grower Closed
121311 Apiarist Closed
121321 Poultry Farmer Closed
132111 Corporate Services Manager Closed
132211 Finance Manager Closed
132311 Human Resource Manager Closed
133411 Manufacturer Closed
133511 Production Manager (Forestry) Closed
133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing) Closed
133513 Production Manager (Mining) Closed
133611 Supply and Distribution Manager Closed
134111 Child Care Centre Manager Closed
134212 Nursing Clinical Director Closed
134213 Primary Health Organisation Manager Closed
134214 Welfare Centre Manager Closed
134299 Health & Welfare Services Managers (nec) Closed
134311 School Principal Closed
134499 Education Managers (nec) Closed
135112 ICT Project Manager Closed
135199 ICT Managers (nec) Closed
139911 Arts Administrator or Manager Closed
139912 Environmental Manager Closed
139913 Laboratory Manager Closed
139914 Quality Assurance Manager Closed
139999 Specialist Managers nec Closed
141111 Cafe or Restaurant Manager Closed
141311 Hotel or Motel Manager Closed
141999 Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nec Closed
149212 Customer Service Manager Closed
149311 Conference & Event Organiser Closed
149413 Transport Company Manager Closed
149913 Facilities Manager Closed
211112 Dancer or Choreographer Closed
211212 Music Director Closed
211213 Musician (Instrumental) Closed
211299 Music Professionals (nec) Closed
211311 Photographer Closed
212111 Artistic Director Closed
212212 Book or Script Editor Closed
212312 Director (Film, Television, Radio or Stage) Closed
212314 Film & Video Editor Closed
212315 Program Director (Television or Radio) Closed
212316 Stage Manager Closed
212317 Technical Director Closed
212318 Video Producer Closed
212411 Copywriter Closed
212412 Newspaper or Periodical Editor Closed
212413 Print Journalist Closed
212415 Technical Writer Closed
212416 Television Journalist Closed
212499 Journalist & other writers (nec) Closed
221111 Accountant (General) Closed
221112 Management Accountant Closed
221113 Taxation Accountant Closed
221211 Company Secretary Closed
221213 External Auditor Closed
221214 Internal Auditor Closed
222111 Commodities Trader Closed
222112 Finance Broker Closed
222113 Insurance Broker Closed
222199 Financial Brokers (nec) Closed
222211 Financial Market Dealer Closed
222213 Stockbroking Dealer Closed
222299 Financial Dealers (nec) Closed
222311 Financial Investment Adviser Closed
222312 Financial Investment Manager Closed
223112 Recruitment Consultant Closed
223211 ICT Trainer Closed
224111 Actuary Closed
224112 Mathematician Closed
224113 Statistician Closed
224212 Gallery or Museum Curator Closed
224213 Health Information Manager Closed
224214 Records Manager Closed
224311 Economist Closed
224511 Land Economist Closed
224512 Valuer Closed
224611 Librarian Closed
224711 Management Consultant Closed
224712 Organisation & Methods Analyst Closed
224914 Patents Examiner Closed
224999 Information and Org. Professionals (nec) Closed
225111 Advertising Specialist Closed
225113 Marketing Specialist Closed
225211 ICT Account Manager Closed
225212 ICT Business Development Manager Closed
225213 ICT Sales Representative Closed
225499 Technical Sales Representatives (nec) Closed
232212 Surveyor Closed
232213 Cartographer Closed
232214 Other Spatial Scientist Closed
232311 Fashion Designer Closed
232312 Industrial Designer Closed
232313 Jewellery Designer Closed
232511 Interior Designer Closed
232611 Urban & Regional Planner Closed
233111 Chemical Engineer Closed
233112 Materials Engineer Closed
233215 Transport Engineer Closed
233611 Mining Engineer (excluding Petroleum) Closed
233612 Petroleum Engineer Closed
234113 Forester Closed
234212 Food technologist Closed
234711 Veterinarian Closed
234911 Conservator Closed
234912 Metallurgist Closed
234913 Meteorologist Closed
241111 Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher Closed
241311 Middle School Teacher Closed
241411 Secondary School Teacher Closed
241213 Primary School Teacher Closed
241511 Special Needs Teacher Closed
241512 Teacher of the Hearing Impaired Closed
241513 Teacher of the Sight Impaired Closed
241599 Special Education Teachers (nec) Closed
249111 Education Adviser Closed
249211 Art Teacher (Private Tuition) Closed
249212 Dance Teacher (Private Tuition) Closed
249214 Music Teacher (Private Tuition) Closed
249299 Private Tutors & Teachers (nec) Closed
249311 Teacher of English to speakers of other languages Closed
251111 Dietitian Closed
251112 Nutritionist Closed
251312 Occupational Health and Safety Adviser Closed
251411 Optometrist Closed
251412 Orthopist Closed
251911 Health Promotion Officer Closed
251912 Orthotist or Prosthetist Closed
251999 Health Diagnostic & Promotion Prof. Closed
252111 Chiropractor Closed
252112 Osteopath Closed
252211 Acupuncturist Closed
252213 Naturopath Closed
252214 Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner Closed
252299 Complementary Health Therapists (nec) Closed
252311 Dental Specialist Closed
252611 Podiatrist Closed
253311 Specialist Physician (General Medicine) Closed
253312 Cardiologist Closed
253313 Clinical Haematologist Closed
253314 Medical Oncologist Closed
253315 Endocrinologist Closed
253316 Gastroenterologist Closed
253317 Intensive Care Specialist Closed
253318 Neurologist Closed
253321 Paediatrician Closed
253322 Renal Medicine Specialist Closed
253323 Rheumatologist Closed
253324 Thoracic Medicine Specialist Closed
253399 Specialist Physicians (nec) Closed
253411 Psychiatrist Closed
253511 Surgeon (General) Closed
253512 Cardiothoracic Surgeon Closed
253513 Neurosurgeon Closed
253514 Orthopaedic Surgeon Closed
253515 Otorhinolaryngologist Closed
253516 Paediatric Surgeon Closed
253517 Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Closed
253518 Urologist Closed
253521 Vascular Surgeon Closed
253911 Dermatologist Closed
253912 Emergency Medicine Specialist Closed
253913 Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Closed
253914 Ophthalmologist Closed
253915 Pathologist Closed
253917 Diagnostic & Interventional Radiologist Closed
253918 Radiation Oncologist Closed
253999 Medical Practitioners (nec) Closed
254211 Nurse Educator Closed
254212 Nurse Researcher Closed
271111 Barrister Closed
271311 Solicitor Closed
271299 Judicial & Other Legal Professionals (nec) Closed
272412 Interpreter Closed
272499 Social Professionals (nec) Closed
311211 Anaesthetic Technician Closed
311212 Cardiac Technician Closed
311213 Medical Laboratory Technician Closed
311215 Pharmacy Technician Closed
311299 Medical Technicians (nec) Closed
311312 Meat Inspector Closed
311399 Primary Products Inspectors nec Closed
311411 Chemistry Technician Closed
311412 Earth Science Technician Closed
311413 Life Science Technician Closed
311499 Science Technicians (nec) Closed
312111 Architectural Draftsperson Closed
312113 Building Inspector Closed
312199 Arch, Building & Surveying Technicians (nec) Closed
312211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson Closed
312212 Civil Engineering Technician Closed
312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson Closed
312312 Electrical Engineering Technician Closed
312512 Mechanical Engineering Technician Closed
312912 Metallurgical or Materials Technician Closed
312913 Mine Deputy Closed
313111 Hardware Technician Closed
313112 ICT Customer Support Officer Closed
313113 Web Administrator Closed
313199 ​ICT Support Technicians (nec) Closed
313211 Radio Communications Technician Closed
313212 Telecommunications Field Engineer Closed
313213 Telecommunications network planner Closed
313214 Tele. Technical Officer or Technologist Closed
321111 Automotive Electrician Closed
322113 Farrier Closed
322211 Sheet metal Trades Worker Closed
322312  Pressure welder Closed
323111 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Avionics) Closed
323112 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Mechanical) Closed
323113 Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (Structures) Closed
323211 Fitter (General) Closed
323212 Fitter & Turner Closed
323213 Fitter-Welder Closed
323214 Metal Machinist (First Class) Closed
323299 Metal Fitters & Machinists (nec) Closed
323313 Locksmith Closed
323314 Precision Instrument Maker & Repairer Closed
323412 Toolmaker Closed
324211 Vehicle Body Builder Closed
324212 Vehicle Trimmer Closed
331211 Carpenter & Joiner Closed
331212 Carpenter Closed
331213 Joiner Closed
333111 Glazier Closed
333311 Roof Tiler Closed
333411 Wall & Floor Tiler Closed
342212 Technical Cable Jointer Closed
342311 Business Machine Mechanic Closed
342313 Electronic Equipment Trades Worker Closed
342314 Electronic Instrument Tr. Worker (General) Closed
342315 Elect.  Instr. Trades Worker (Special Class) Closed
342411 Cabler (Data & Telecommunications) Closed
342413 Telecommunications Lines worker Closed
351111 Baker Closed
351112 Pastry cook Closed
351211 Butcher or Smallgoods Maker Closed
351311 Chef Closed
351411 Cook Closed
361111 Dog Handler or Trainer Closed
361112 Horse Trainer Closed
361199 Animal Attendants & Trainers (nec) Closed
361311 Veterinary Nurse Closed
362111 Florist Closed
362211 Gardener (General) Closed
362212 Arborist Closed
362213 Landscape Gardener Closed
362311 Greenkeeper Closed
392111 Print Finisher Closed
392311 Printing Machinist Closed
393213 Dressmaker or Tailor Closed
393311 Upholsterer Closed
394211 Furniture Finisher Closed
394213 Wood Machinist Closed
394299 Wood Machinists & Other Wood Trades (nec) Closed
399111 Boat Builder & Repairer Closed
399112 Shipwright Closed
399213 Power Generation Plant Operator Closed
399411 Jeweller Closed
399512 Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video) Closed
399514 Make Up Artist Closed
399516 Sound Technician Closed
399599 Performing Arts Technicians (nec) Closed
399611 Sign writer Closed
411111 Ambulance Officer Closed
411112 Intensive Care Ambulance Paramedic Closed
411213 Dental Technician Closed
411311 Diversional Therapist Closed
411611 Massage Therapist Closed
411711 Community Worker Closed
411712 Disabilities Services Officer Closed
411713 Family Support Worker Closed
411715 Residential Care Officer Closed
411716 Youth Worker Closed
452311 Diving Instructor (Open Water) Closed
452312 Gymnastics Coach or Instructor Closed
452313 Horse Riding Coach or Instructor Closed
452314 Snow sport Instructor Closed
452315 Swimming Coach or Instructor Closed
452316 Tennis Coach Closed
452317 Other Sports Coach or Instructor Closed
452321 Sports Development Officer Closed
452411 Footballer Closed
452499 Sportspersons(nec) Closed
511111 Contract Administrator Closed
511112 Program or Project Administrator Closed
599612 Insurance Loss Adjuster Closed
611211 Insurance Agent Closed
639211 Retail Buyer Closed





121216 mixed crop farmer Closed
121217 sugar cane grower Closed
121299 crop farmers (nec) Closed
121312 beef cattle farmer Closed
121313 dairy cattle farmer Closed
121314 deer farmer Closed
121315 goat farmer Closed
121316 horse breeder Closed
121317 mixed livestock farmer Closed
121318 pig farmer Closed
121322 sheep farmer Closed
121399 livestock farmers (nec) Closed
121411 mixed crop and livestock farmer Closed
132411 policy and planning manager Closed
133112 project builder Closed
133612 procurement manager Closed
134211 medical administrator Closed
134412 regional education manager Closed
139915 sports administrator Closed
141211 caravan park and camping ground manager Closed
142115 post office manager Closed
149111 amusement centre manager Closed
149112 fitness centre manager Closed
149113 sports centre manager Closed
149912 cinema or theatre manager Closed
149914 financial institution branch manager Closed
223111 human resource adviser Closed
223113 workplace relations adviser Closed
224412 policy analyst Closed
224912 liaison officer Closed
225112 market research analyst Closed
231111 aeroplane pilot Closed
231113 flying instructor Closed
231114 helicopter pilot Closed
231213 ship’s master Closed
232413 multimedia designer Closed
234213 wine maker Closed
234311 conservation officer Closed
234915 exercise physiologist Closed
242211 vocational education teacher Closed
251311 environmental health officer Closed
252312 dentist Closed
253211 anaesthetist Closed
271214 intellectual property lawyer Closed
272413 translator Closed
272611 community arts worker Closed
311111 agricultural technician Closed
311214 operating theatre technician Closed
311216 pathology collector Closed
312114 construction estimator Closed
312116 surveying or spatial science technician Closed
312511 mechanical engineering draftsperson Closed
312611 safety inspector Closed
312911 maintenance planner Closed
312999 building and engineering technicians (nec) Closed
324311 vehicle painter Closed
332111 floor finisher Closed
342211 electrical lines worker Closed
361114 zookeeper Closed
362411 nurseryperson Closed
399212 gas or petroleum operator Closed
411211 dental hygienist Closed
411214 dental therapist Closed
441211 emergency service worker Closed
451211 driving instructor Closed
451399 funeral workers (nec) Closed
451711 flight attendant Closed
451815 first aid trainer Closed
452413 jockey Closed
599915 clinical coder Closed
612112 property manager Closed
612115 real estate representative Closed

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