act 491 / 190 nomination guidelines

ACT 491 / 190 Nomination Guidelines January 2021

ACT 491 / 190 Nomination Guidelines

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) offers Territory nomination  to Canberra Residents under the following skilled migration streams:

• Skilled Work 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:

  1. 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. There is not guarantee that your Matrix score will be ranked as the demand for ACT nomination far exceeds the number of nomination places available each year.
  2. 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.

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, your supporting documentation must evidence your eligibility and Matrix score claimed at the date you submitted the Matrix.

 

 

Part ONE

ACT nomination priorities

The Australian Government’s priority for migration in 2020-21 is supporting Australia’s economic and public health response to, and recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic.  This includes an emphasis on migrants who will make productive investments in Australia, create jobs for Australians, provide critical health and medical skills, and support economic productivity.

Under the Territory Migration Agreement, the ACT is allocated a fixed number of nominations each year. The Australian Government has directed that nominations provided to states and territories are focused on applicants critical to supporting the effort in response to COVID-19 pandemic. This includes individuals providing critical or specialist medical services, with critical skills required to maintain the supply of essential goods and services; and those who deliver services in sectors critical to Australia’s economic recovery. See ACT Critical Skills List January 2021.

ACT Nomination Guidelines

These guidelines explain how to express interest in applying for ACT nomination by completing a score-based ‘Canberra Matrix’. The Matrix allocates points against demonstrated economic contribution or benefit, English proficiency, formal qualifications, length of ACT residence/study, investment activity and close family ties. All Matrix scores are then ranked with the highest-ranked candidates invited to apply for ACT nomination.

Please note: You must read the ACT nomination guidelines carefully. You must meet the eligibility criteria before you complete the Canberra Matrix. If you are invited to apply for ACT nomination, your supporting documents must evidence your eligibility and all Matrix points claimed at the date of Matrix submission.

 

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) with Home Affairs SkillSelect.

Before completing the Canberra Matrix, you must be eligible to apply for a skilled migration visa to Australia. You must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to migrate to Australia through the Department of Home Affairs SkillSelect. You must:

  • Have a suitable skill assessment in your nominated occupation and meet the Home Affairs points test (currently 65 points).
  • Select the ACT as your preferred location to live in Australia. If the ACT is not selected, you will not meet the genuine commitment criteria for ACT nomination.
  • Meet the Home Affairs criteria at the date of ACT nomination decision. The ACT is unable to nominate an applicant who does not meet the age criteria, has an expired skill assessment or English test result.

 

If you are invited to apply for ACT nomination and your application is approved, your Home Affairs SkillSelect EOI will be confirmed and Home Affairs will automatically issue the visa invitation.

Only one ACT nomination place is offered per applicant. We will not confirm a new SkillSelect EOI if you made an error and/or are unable to apply for the visa.

Choose an ACT nomination pathway – provisional 491 or permanent 190

The ACT offers nomination under the following State / Territory nominated skilled migration streams:

  • Skilled Work Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visas.
  • Skilled Nominated (permanent) subclass 190 visas.

You must meet the eligibility criteria for ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination before you can complete the Canberra Matrix:

  • Canberra resident:
  • Eligibility criteria – ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination
  • Canberra Matrix 491 / 190 scoring table
  • Overseas applicant: The Canberra Matrix is currently closed to overseas applicants.

How to complete the Canberra Matrix

  • Migration agents acting on behalf of a client must register and create an ACT agents account. The Canberra Matrix can be accessed from the ACT agent portal.
  • Individual candidates not using a migration agent are not required to create an account. The Canberra Matrix can be accessed at the Canberra Your Future

Before you complete the Canberra Matrix:

  • Read the nomination guidelines carefully and make sure that you are eligible to complete the Matrix.

Completing the Canberra Matrix:

  • Enter your personal information.
  • Select either ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination.
  • Select Canberra resident.
  • Select Eligibility criteria – either an occupation on the ACT Critical Skill List January 2021 or 457 / 482 visa holder (if you select 457 / 482 visa holder, your must meet the 457 / 482 eligibility criteria)
  • Select a Matrix score in each category. Remember, your supporting documentation must evidence the Matrix points claimed at the date you submitted the Matrix. Documents dated after the Matrix is submitted will not meet the criteria.

Once you submit the Matrix, you will receive an email with a summary of the Matrix score claimed. The Matrix cannot be updated or withdrawn once it is submitted. If the claimed Matrix points increase/decrease due to an error or change in circumstances, you must complete a new Matrix; noting that your submission date/time will also change.

The Matrix will automatically expire six months after date of submission if an invitation is not issued. Once a Matrix has lapsed, it cannot be reactivated.

ACT Critical Skills List

The ACT Critical Skills List was reviewed and updated on 11 January 2021. The ACT Critical Skills List will be reviewed every four months and updated as required to ensure that the ACT Migration Program adapts and responds to the evolving critical skills needs of the ACT economy

                                     

2020-21 Ranking and selection process

Separate invitation rounds will be held for the 491 and 190 nomination streams. The highest ranked candidates in each stream will be invited to apply for ACT nomination. Please note: an invitation may not be issued if an occupation cap is met.

  • Only Matrix with a nominated occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List January 2021 will be selected and, if ranked, invited to apply for ACT nomination.
  • If your nominated occupation was removed from the ACT Critical Skills List January 2021, your Matrix will NOT be selected and will automatically lapse after six months.
  • 457 / 482 visa holders who have a Matrix score of 60 plus points will be invited to apply for ACT nomination.

 

Invitations to apply for ACT nomination

We will issue invitations on a regular basis; pro rata against the ACT allocation of nomination places set by Home Affairs. The number of invitations issued will vary in each round. The cut‑off for selection will depend on the occupation cap and the number of Matrix submitted. If there are more candidates with the same Matrix score than the number of invitation places available, selection may be based on the date and time of the Matrix submission. Candidates may be selected and invited if their nomination is deemed to be of significant economic benefit to the Territory.

One ACT nomination place only
The policy to offer only ONE ACT nomination place per applicant is strictly enforced given the limited number of nomination places available. An invitation may not be issued if you have been previously nominated by the ACT; or if you have an active invitation / application in the system.

Cap on Occupations

The number of ACT nomination places may be capped for each occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List. Invitations may not be issued when the monthly cap for an occupation is reached.

Invitation to apply for ACT nomination
You will be notified by email if you are invited to apply for ACT  Nomination.  The application must be lodged, and service fee paid, within 14 days of date of invitation. If you do not accept the invitation, the Matrix will automatically lapse after 14 days.  Once lapsed, the Matrix cannot be reactivated.

Requests for ranking information

Invitations are not guaranteed. The ACT Skilled Migration team will not respond to requests for information on ranking or the likelihood of receiving an invitation. Candidates will not be prioritised or issued invitations based on personal circumstances. This includes, but is not limited to, visa expiry dates or a change in circumstances including critical birthdays.

 

 

Part TWO – eligibility criteria

Canberra resident – ACT provisional 491 nomination

Canberra Resident 491 – you must meet the following criteria before you are eligible to submit a Canberra matrix for ACT nomination of a Skilled Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visa:

  • You must be residing in Canberra for the last three months immediately before the date of Matrix submission (and continuing until date of any invitation). Residence is defined as living and settled in Canberra. Visiting Canberra for short periods does not meet the residence criteria. You are not eligible for ACT nomination if you, your spouse/partner or children are living or working in another Australian state or territory.
  • You must meet one of the following two eligibility criterion:
  1. Your nominated occupation is on the ACT Critical Skills List January 2021.

OR

  1. You are the primary holder of a subclass 457/482 visa sponsored by an ACT employer:

You have worked in Canberra for the sponsoring ACT employer for at least three months as the holder of a 457/482 visa; and

The 457/482 visa must have a minimum 12 months validity at date of Matrix submission.

 

  • You must be working in Canberra for at least three months immediately before the date of Matrix submission:
  • You must be working a minimum 20 hours per week in each of the thirteen weeks immediately before date of Matrix submission.
  • Your employment must be continuous:
    • Paid leave (annual, personal or maternity) meets the continuous employment criteria.
    • Unpaid leave only meets the continuous employment criteria if it is evidenced by a valid medical certificate (the certificate cannot be backdated). Any period of unpaid leave cannot be counted towards meeting the three months ACT employment For example, if you had five days unpaid leave (with medical certificates) you cannot submit the 491 Matrix until three months plus five days
    • Unpaid leave not evidenced by a valid medical certificate does not meet the continuous employment criteria.
  • You must be in paid employment. Internships, stipends, scholarships and volunteer positions are not considered employment for this criterion.
  • You may work for more than one employer and/or be self- employed:
    • Your total income must be at least $500 pw for each week of the employment period claimed.
    • Your income must not be less than the relevant award or market salary rate.
    • The terms and conditions of employment must be in accordance with Australian legislation.
    • If you are employed, your employer must be actively operating in the ACT for at least 12 months at date of matrix submission.
    • If you are self-employed on an ABN, you must evidence at least 12 months ACT business activity at date of Matrix submission.
    • If you are working in Canberra but you are employed by an interstate employer, your employer must have an office / branch located within a
      30-minute commute of Canberra (a serviced office or home office does not meet this criterion).
  • If you are nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation, you must have a current English test result that meets the Home Affairs level of ‘proficient’ or ‘superior’ English.
  • If you are including a spouse/partner and/or child in your application and they are in Australia, they must have lived in Canberra for the three months immediately before the date of Matrix submission. If they are not living in Canberra, you must attach evidence that they are living overseas.
  • If you wish to claim Matrix points for a spouse/partner, you must have evidence of the relationship: either a marriage certificate, civil partnership/union registration, or VEVO (Visa Entitlement Verification Online) secondary applicant status for yourself or spouse/partner. The document must be dated before the Matrix is submitted.
  • If you wish to claim Matrix points in the spouse/partner employment category, your spouse/partner must hold a current English test result with a competent or higher level of English; or hold an Australian or valid passport as defined by Home Affairs.
  • You must sign a Statutory Declaration committing to living and working in Canberra while your visa is processed and for at least two years from date of visa grant (see Attachment A).

Canberra resident – ACT permanent 190 nomination

Canberra resident 190 – you must meet the following criteria before you are eligible to submit a Canberra Matrix for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (permanent) subclass 190 visa:

  • You must be residing in Canberra for the last six months immediately before the date of Matrix submission and continuing until date of any invitation. Residence is defined as living and settled in Canberra. Visiting Canberra for short periods does not meet the residence criteria. You are not eligible for ACT nomination if you, your spouse/partner or children are living or working in another Australian state or territory.
  • You must meet one of the following two eligibility criterion:
  1. Your nominated occupation is on the ACT Critical Skills List January 2021.

 OR

  1. You are the primary holder of a subclass 457/482 visa sponsored by an ACT employer:

You have worked in Canberra for the sponsoring ACT employer for at least six months as the holder of a 457/482 visa; and

The 457/482 visa must have a minimum 12 months validity at date of Matrix submission.

 

  • You must be working fulltime in Canberra for at least six months at date of matrix submission:
  • You must be working a minimum of 35 hours per week in each of the 26 weeks immediately before date of Matrix submission.
  • Your employment must be continuous:
    • Paid leave (annual, personal or maternity) meets the continuous employment criteria.
    • Unpaid leave only meets the continuous employment criteria if it is evidenced by a valid medical certificate (the certificate cannot be backdated). Any period of unpaid leave cannot be counted towards meeting the six months ACT employment For example, if you had five days unpaid leave (with medical certificates) you cannot submit the 190 Matrix until six months plus five days.
    • Unpaid leave not evidenced by a valid medical certificate does not meet the continuous employment criteria.
  • You must be in paid employment. Internships, stipends, scholarships and volunteer positions are not considered employment for this criterion.
  • You may work for more than one employer and/or be self- employed:
    • Your total income must be at least $1000 pw for each week of the employment period claimed.
    • Your income must not be less than the relevant award or market salary rate.
    • The terms and conditions of employment must be in accordance with Australian legislation.
    • If you are employed, your employer must be actively operating in the ACT for at least 12 months at date of matrix submission.
    • If you are self-employed on an ABN, you must evidence at least 12 months ACT business activity at date of Matrix submission.
    • If you are working in Canberra but you are employed by an interstate employer, your employer must have an office / branch located within a
      30-minute commute of Canberra (a serviced office or home office does not meet this criterion).
  • If you are nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation, you must have a current English test result that meets the Home Affairs level of ‘proficient’ or ‘superior’ English.
  • If you are including a spouse/partner and/or child in your application and they are in Australia, they must have lived in Canberra for the six months immediately before the date of Matrix submission. If they are not living in Canberra, you must attach evidence that they are living overseas.
  • If you wish to claim Matrix points for a spouse/partner, you must have evidence of the relationship: either a marriage certificate, civil partnership/union registration, or VEVO (Visa Entitlement Verification Online) secondary applicant status for yourself or spouse/partner. The document must be dated before the Matrix is submitted.
  • If you wish to claim Matrix points in the spouse/partner employment category, your spouse/partner must hold a current English test result with a competent or higher level of English; or hold an Australian or valid passport – see Home Affairs criteria.
  • You must sign a Statutory Declaration committing to living and working in Canberra while your visa is processed and for at least two years from date of visa grant (see Attachment A).

 

 

 

PART THREE – Canberra Matrix scoring

Canberra residents

The Canberra Matrix is completed for both ACT 491 nomination and ACT 190 nomination.

You can only select one option in the drop-down menu for each category. Claims must be true at the date of Matrix submission. If you are invited to apply for ACT nomination, you must provide supporting documents to evidence any Matrix score claimed. If the supporting documents are dated after the Matrix was submitted, the Matrix score claimed will not be accepted.

 

CANBERRA RESIDENT
CATEGORY OPTION POINTS
LENGTH OF Current ACT residence

How long have you lived in Canberra in the last eight years?

·      Your bank statements must evidence your date of arrival and the claimed period of residence in Canberra.

·      You must record any period away from Canberra (seven days or more) in the ‘Summary of ACT residence’ at
Attachment D.

·      Your claimed period of ACT residence does not have to be continuous.

·      You may have holidays away from Canberra for a maximum of six weeks in any year without it affecting your claim for a year of residence

·      You can study interstate for one or two days a week. However, if you studied more than two days (one night) a week interstate, you will not be considered an ACT resident for that period.

·      You cannot claim ACT residency for any period that you lived or worked interstate or overseas.

·      You can live in NSW if you are within a 30 minute commute to where you work in Canberra e.g. Queanbeyan.

 

 

 

Five years plus.

 

 

25

Four to five years. 20
Three to four years. 15
Two to three years. 10
One to two years. 5
Less than one year. 0

 

 

CANBERRA RESIDENT
English proficiency

What is your English proficiency level as defined by Home Affairs?

 

You must have a valid English test result.

 

Superior. 15
Proficient. 10
Competent. 0
Spouse/partner English proficiency

What is your spouse/partner’s English proficiency as defined by Home Affairs?

 

They must have a valid English test result to claim points.

Superior/proficient.

Competent.

Not Applicable.

5

0

0
Nominated Occupation

Is your nominated occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List?

Your nominated occupation is ON the ACT Critical Skills List.

Your nominated occupation is NOT on the ACT Critical Skills List.

20

 

0

Length of ACT employment

How long have you worked for an ACT employer in Canberra in the two years immediately before the date of Matrix submission?

·      You may be working in any occupation.

·      While the employment does not have to be fulltime or permanent, you must be working a minimum 20 hours per week for each week that you claim towards the period of employment.

·      You may work for more than one ACT employer and / or be self-employed on an ABN.

·      The employment does not have to be continuous.

·      If you are claiming any period of self-employment:

o    Your gross weekly income must exceed $500 for each week of employment claimed; and

o    Your business must have been operating in Canberra for at least 12 months.

 

 

Employed for 12 months plus.

 

 

10

 

Employed for six to 12 months.

 

5

 

Not applicable.

 

0

 

 

 

CANBERRA RESIDENT
ACT employment – skill level

Are you currently working for an ACT employer in Canberra in a highly skilled position? You must meet the minimum criteria below:

·      You must be working a minimum 20 hours per week for the last three months immediately before date of Matrix submission.

·      The employment must be continuous. Unpaid leave does not meet this criterion.

·      You may work for more than one ACT employer and/or be self-employed if you are working in the same occupation and at the same skill level.

·      Your gross income must be no less than $50,000 per annum for fulltime employment; or $26 per hour (excluding casual loading) for part time/casual employment.

·      Your employer must provide a Statutory Declaration confirming employment.  See Attachment E.

·      If you are self-employed on an ABN:

Your gross weekly income exceeds $1000 for each week of employment claimed; and

Your business has been operating in Canberra for at least 12 months.

·      You must have a tertiary qualification relevant to your occupation. Your qualification must be dated before you commenced employment. A RPL certificate is not recognised as a tertiary qualification.

·      Any employment claimed must be recorded on your SkillSelect EOI.

 

 

1.      You are working in your nominated occupation which is on the current ACT Critical Skills List. Your occupation must be recorded as ‘relevant’ on your SkillSelect EOI.

 

2.      You are the primary holder of a subclass 457 / 482 visa and you are working for the ACT employer who sponsored your visa. Your occupation must be recorded as ‘relevant’ on your SkillSelect EOI.

 

3.      You are working in an occupation that is on the current ACT Critical Skills List; but it is not your nominated occupation.

 

4.      You are working in an occupation that has an ANZSCO skill level 1 to 3.

 

5.   Not applicable.

 

 

20

 

 

 

15

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

0

 

 

 

CANBERRA RESIDENT

Spouse/partner employment

Is your spouse / partner currently working in the ACT or surrounding ‘commuter’ region? They must meet the minimum criteria below:

·           They must be working a minimum 20 hours per week for the three months immediately before the date of Matrix submission.

·           Their employment must be continuous.

·           Any period of unpaid leave cannot be counted towards the three months employment criteria.

·           They must have a valid English test result at a minimum level of ‘competent’ English; hold an Australian passport; or hold a valid passport as defined by Home Affairs.

·           They may work for more than one employer and / or be self-employed.

·           Their employer must provide a Statutory Declaration confirming their employment.  See Attachment E.

·           If they are self-employed on an ABN:

Their gross weekly income exceeds $500 for each week of employment claimed; and

Their business has been operating in Canberra for at least 12 months.

 

 

1.      They are working in an occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List. They must have a skill assessment relevant to their current employment. Their taxable income must be no less than $26 per hour (excluding casual loading).

 

 

15

2.      They have a current skill assessment and it is relevant to their current ACT employment. Their gross income must be no less than $26 per hour (excluding casual loading).

 

10
3.      They are currently working in any occupation, at any skill level, in Canberra.

 

Spouse employability

5
4.      They do not meet the 3 months employment criterion, but they have a:

·      Tertiary qualification (requiring at least 3 years full time continuous study) from an Australian or overseas institution in any occupation; and

·       A valid English test result at a minimum level of ‘competent’ English; or hold an Australian or valid passport as defined by Home Affairs.

 

 

 

5

5.      Not applicable. 0

 

 

CANBERRA RESIDENT
terTiary Qualification

What tertiary qualification do you hold from an Australian or international educational institution?

Your selected qualification must be recorded on your Home Affairs SkillSelect EOI

 

Doctoral degree.

Master’s Degree

Bachelor’s degree or trade certificate

Diploma qualification/s – at least two years full time study.

Not applicable.

20

15

 

10

 

5

 

0

years of study at an ACT Tertiary Institution.

For how many years did you study fulltime to complete a CRICOS* registered course, and / or attend a Professional Year (PY) program, at an ACT institution in the last eight years?

·      You must have a letter of course completion from the ACT institution to evidence the claimed period and location of study. 

·      You must be resident in Canberra during your claimed period of study.

·      Distance education or online attendance is not accepted.

·      A PY undertaken in the ACT meets the one-year study criteria.

·      Two or more courses, including a PY, may be counted to evidence the period of ACT study.  The courses cannot be concurrent.

·      The courses do not have to be continuous.

CRICOS* – Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. An academic year is at least a total of 46 weeks.

 

Four academic years or more of study.

 

Three academic years of study.

 

Two academic years of study.

 

One academic year of study.

 

Not applicable.

 

20

 

 

15

 

10

 

5

 

0

Close family ties

Do you have a close family member who has lived in Canberra for the last two years?

A close family member is defined as a spouse/ partner, parent, child, brother, sister or grandparent of the main applicant or their spouse/ partner.

Australian citizen/permanent resident spouse/partner, child.

Australian citizen/permanent resident parent, grandparent, brother, sister.

Not applicable.

20

 

 

10

 

0

 

 

CANBERRA RESIDENT
Assets in Canberra

1.      You (and a spouse/partner if applicable) have invested at least $250,000 cash to purchase a residential or commercial property in Canberra (purchase of land only does not meet this criteria)? You must hold the Certificate of Title or a rates notice to evidence ownership.

2.      You have purchased/established a business in Canberra. You have majority ownership and minimum $200,000 turnover in one of the last two years.

3.      You have invested in a start-up business in the ACT that is typically technology oriented and has high growth potential.

 

 

1.      Minimum $250,000 cash investment in ACT residential or commercial property.

 

2.      Minimum $200,000 investment to purchase / establish a business.

 

3.      $200,000 third party investment in a start-up ACT business.

 

4.      Not applicable

 

 

5

 

 

5

 

 

 

5

 

0

 

 

PART FOUR

 

Overseas applicant – ACT 491 / 190 nomination

Overseas applicant: – The ACT is not offering 491 / 190 nomination to overseas applicants in 2020-21.

 

PART FIVE

Invitation to apply for ACT nomination

If you are selected to apply for ACT nomination, you will receive an invitation email with a web link to the online application. Migration agents may access the application via their agent account.

If you do not wish to accept the invitation e.g. you submitted multiple matrix or you cannot evidence the matrix scores claimed, the invitation will lapse after 14 days.

By accepting the invitation and submitting the application for ACT nomination, you are agreeing to reside in Canberra during the nomination and visa application process. If the ACT nominated visa is approved, you agree to continue residing in Canberra for at least two years from date of visa grant.

The signed declaration ‘Nomination Obligations to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)’, must be attached to your application for ACT nomination. See Attachment A.

Completing the application for ACT nomination

An invitation does not guarantee that ACT nomination will be approved. You must complete the application for ACT nomination and provide the required supporting documents to evidence your eligibility to apply for ACT nomination and the Matrix score that the invitation was based on. Claims must be true at the date of Matrix submission.

See: Document checklist at PART SIX (page 18)

Your application for ACT nomination must be submitted (with service fee payment confirmed) within 14 days of date of invitation. If the application is not submitted within 14 days, the invitation will automatically expire and cannot be reactivated.

Once payment of the service fee is confirmed by email (within three working days), the application will be lodged and queued for processing.

Assessing the application

All applications are processed in submission date order. No requests for priority processing will be considered.

The standard processing period is 15 working days. For the current processing date click here.

Assessment of your application for ACT nomination will be based solely on the supporting documents provided at the time of lodgement. Additional documentation will not be accepted once the application is submitted. The case officer will not contact you for additional information or for clarification if your supporting documentation does not clearly demonstrate your eligibility or Matrix score claimed.

If the application is incomplete, or it does not clearly evidence the eligibility criteria or Canberra Matrix score claimed as at the date of Matrix submission, the application will be refused.

Offer of ACT nomination

Approval: If the application for ACT nomination is approved, your SkillSelect EOI will be confirmed and Home Affairs will simultaneously issue the visa invitation. You will be unable to update the SkillSelect EOI once ACT nomination is confirmed. You will then have 60 days to apply to Home Affairs for the ACT nominated skilled migration visa. ACT nomination does not guarantee that the skilled migration visa will be granted.

Only one ACT nomination place is offered per applicant. We will not confirm a new SkillSelect EOI if you made an error and/or are unable to apply for the visa.

Refusal: If the application for ACT nomination is refused, you will be informed of the reasons. You may only request a reconsideration of the refusal decision if you can show that your original supporting documents met the eligibility criteria and Matrix score. A request for reconsideration must be in writing. Additional documentation will not be accepted.

Applying for the ACT nominated skilled migration visa

Once the visa invitation is issued by Home affairs, you must lodge the visa application within 60 days. If the visa application is not lodged with Home Affairs within 60 days, the offer of ACT nomination will expire. This timeframe will not be extended.

Please note: If your application for an ACT nominated visa is refused by Home Affairs, the ACT Government will not, under any circumstances, appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on your behalf.

Nomination obligations – living in Canberra

As part of your application for ACT nomination, you signed a declaration agreeing that ACT nomination is exclusive to the ACT and is NOT transferable to any other state or territory in Australia.

The ACT Government expects you to meet your obligations to live in Canberra for at least two years from the date of visa grant / permanent arrival in Australia. The ACT Government will inform Home Affairs if you do not make a genuine effort to meet your obligations to live in Canberra.

Notification of Home Affairs Visa Decision

You must inform us when your visa is granted, by email and attach a copy of the visa grant notification. If you are overseas, you must let us know your expected arrival date in Canberra.

Email: welcometocanberra@act.gov.au

 

Welcome to Canberra Settlement Service

The ACT Skilled Migration team provides a free settlement service to help ACT-nominated overseas migrants settle in Canberra. The Welcome to Canberra team will:

  • Provide information and advice while you are waiting for your visa, and, if you have questions about living in Canberra, refer you to the relevant websites;
  • Follow up with a phone call or email eight weeks after you have arrived in Canberra.

For more information email: welcometocanberra@act.gov.au

Monitoring Program

As part of your signed nomination obligations you have agreed to:

  • Live and work in Canberra for at least two years from visa grant/arrival in Australia
  • Complete settlement surveys at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months after arrival
  • Inform us of any change to your contact details for two years after visa grant/arrival.

 

Disclaimer

The Australian Migration Programme does not guarantee a migration outcome for any temporary resident / international student in Australia. Neither is ACT nomination guaranteed for ACT residents who may be eligible for nomination. The demand for ACT nomination may exceed the Home Affairs allocation of nomination places; and many candidates may not rank highly enough to be selected and invited to apply for nomination.

The ACT Government and its employees are not liable for any inaccuracies or omissions in the information provided to the applicant in the context of their application for ACT nomination. The ACT Government is not responsible for finding employment, accommodation or providing financial incentive or assistance to ACT nominated skilled visa holders or other migrants.

These guidelines are subject to change without notice at any time; and must be read in conjunction with the information on the Canberra Your Future website.

 

PART SIX – DOCUMENT CHECKLIST

Mandatory documents

All applications for ACT nomination must include the following supporting documents to evidence your eligibility and Matrix score claimed as at date of Matrix submission.

Once the application is lodged, additional documents will not be accepted or requested by the case officer.

  • Home Affairs SkillSelect EOI summary: showing personal, education, English and employment details submitted
  • Home Affairs SkillSelect points advice.
  • International Movement Record’ from the Department of Home Affairs (if applicable).
  • Current skill assessment in the nominated occupation (all pages of the assessment must be attached).
  • Passport bio-page.

·           Bank statements (Canberra residents only): must evidence your claimed date of arrival in Canberra. You must also provide a bank statement for each year claimed as a period of ACT residence; and from the date of Matrix submission until date of invitation.

  • Your bank statements must reflect that you were living and settled in Canberra. They must include your transaction history including regular shopping activity and bill payments. The bank statement must also evidence your claimed period of employment. Salary payments must be highlighted on the bank statement; and the corresponding payments recorded on the Summary of Working Hours (at Attachment C)

·           Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume: which clearly states personal details, educational qualifications and work experience.

·           Declaration of ACT nomination Obligations: a signed and witnessed declaration that you acknowledge and accept ACT nomination obligations (at Attachment A)

  • Summary of Working Hours (Canberra residents only): a clear record of the total hours worked, and net salary paid for each pay cycle in the claimed period of ACT employment at date of Matrix submission. The net salary must correspond with the bank statement. You must record every pay period: weekly (minimum 20 hrs), fortnightly (minimum 40 hrs), or monthly (minimum 86.6hrs) for the length of employment claimed. If you did not work in a particular period, you must leave that period blank.  Any period of unpaid personal leave must be evidenced by a valid medical certificate. If you are working for more than two employers in any claimed period, you can construct your own spreadsheet to clearly evidence the employment claims made (at Attachment C)
  • Summary of ACT residence (Canberra residents only): a clear record of your ACT residence and any period you were not living in Canberra for more than seven days at a time; including holidays interstate or overseas. (at Attachment D)

 

 

  • ACT employment (Canberra residents only):
  • Employees
  • All payslips or pay advice for the claimed period of ACT employment. If your income is consecutively paid into your bank account, you are only required to provide the first, mid and last payslips to evidence the claimed period of employment (if your bank statements evidence the regular net salary payments).
  • Employment contract or employer statement of service. The commencement date and period of employment must be specified.
  • Cash salary payments:
  • All payslips for the claimed period of ACT employment. If there are corresponding cash deposits of your net income into your bank account (for each pay period) you are only required to provide the first, mid and last payslips to evidence the claimed period of employment (as long as your bank statements evidence the regular salary payments).
  • Employment contract or employer statement of service.
  • ‘Pay As You Go (PAYG) payment summary – individual non-business’, to evidence annual salary for the relevant period. If you do not have the PAYG payment summary to evidence the payment of salary in cash, the claim for employment is unlikely to be accepted.
  • For self-employed only:
  • Australian Business Number (ABN); and
  • Evidence of work undertaken e.g. tax invoices; client schedules; work sheets; partner payment summaries; working hours log sheets etc.
  • Evidence of 12 months ACT business activity: Australian Tax Office (ATO) Pay as you go (PAYG) instalments for last 12 months.
  • Bank statements to evidence that your minimum income exceeds $500 per week (or $1000 per week if fulltime) for any claimed period of employment.

Please note: The ACT will not condone the employment of intending migrants where the terms and conditions of employment do not comply with Australian legislation; including compliance with the relevant Award or Agreement. In addition, Skills Canberra must be satisfied that you are working in a genuine position. If concerns are held that the position is not genuine, or there is evidence of significant churn of employees working in the same position for the same employer, the claim for employment points will not be accepted.

  • English:
  • Either a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom; Canada; New Zealand; United States of America; or Republic of Ireland (to evidence competent English only); OR
  • A valid English language test result accepted by Home Affairs evidencing the claimed level of English ability (within the last three years).
  • Spouse/partner (if applicable):
  • Passport bio-data page.
  • Evidence of relationship: marriage certificate, civil partnership/union registration, or VEVO secondary applicant status for yourself or spouse/partner.
  • Canberra residents only:
  • Evidence of ACT residence immediately before date of matrix submission.
  • Summary of ACT residence (at Attachment D).
  • Bank statements to evidence the minimum period of ACT residence, and up to the date of invitation.
  • One of the following: phone account; utility account; electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE); employment payslips; credit/store card statement.
  • If your spouse is not living in Canberra, provide evidence that they are living overseas.
  • Commitment statement: In no more than two pages, explain in your own words why you want to live in Canberra for at least two years from visa grant/permanent arrival.
  • Current Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO). Attach a copy of the visa grant notification for the last substantive visa held for main applicant; and partner/spouse if applicable.
  • Financial capacity:
  • For Canberra residents – while you are not required to provide evidence of your financial capacity, you must declare your assets available for settlement when completing the online application.

Service fee: A$300

A non-refundable service fee is charged for processing applications for ACT nomination. The service fee is an administration charge only and does not guarantee the approval of a nomination. The service fee of $300 may be paid by one of the following options:

·           Credit Card – ‘pay now’ or ‘pay later’.

Select ‘pay now’ on the online application.

Select ‘pay later’ and access ‘Pay an ACT Government Account’

·           Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) – pay later

Westpac Bank – City Walk, Canberra, 2600
Account name: ‘EDD Operating Account’
BSB: 032-777

Account Number: 000145
Reference: Application reference number

Email the EFT receipt and a copy of the ‘payment pending’ email to: migrationservices@act.gov.au

 

Additional documents to evidence the Matrix score claimed

The following documents must be attached to must evidence your Matrix claims as at date of Matrix submission. Once the application is lodged, additional documents will not be accepted or requested by the case officer.

  • ACT employment – Skill Level
    • A Statutory Declaration from your ACT employer confirming your position title, position description, duties, salary and commencement date (at Attachment E).
  • Partner/spouse employment (Canberra residents only):
    • Bank statement to evidence claimed period of employment; with salary payments highlighted.
    • Summary of Working Hours: a clear record of the total hours worked, and net salary paid for each pay cycle in the thirteen weeks immediately before date of Matrix submission (at Attachment C).
    • Employment contract/statement of service; and first, middle and last pay slips for claimed period of employment.
    • Minimum competent level English: current English test result, Australian passport or valid passport issued by the UK, the USA, Canada, NZ or Ireland.
    • A Statutory Declaration from their employer confirming the position, duties, salary and commencement date (at Attachment E).
    • Skill assessment relevant to current occupation (if applicable).
    • For self-employed only:
  • Australian Business Number (ABN); and
  • Evidence of work undertaken e.g. tax invoices; client schedules; work sheets; partner payment summaries; working hours log sheets etc.
  • Evidence of 12 months ACT business activity: Australian Tax Office (ATO) Pay as you go (PAYG) instalments for last 12 months.
  • Bank statements to evidence that your minimum income exceeds $500 per week (or $1000 per week if fulltime) for any claimed period of employment.
  • If not working, academic transcript and completion letter from the tertiary institution to evidence three years full time study.
  • Tertiary qualification (if applicable)
    • Academic Transcript – record of your enrolment history, including results received, courses attempted, and awards conferred.
    • Letter of course completion from tertiary institution.
  • Period of completed ACT study (if applicable)
    • Academic Transcript from ACT institution- record of your enrolment history, including results received, courses attempted, and awards conferred.
    • Letter of course completion from ACT tertiary institution.
  • Close family members living in Canberra
  • Evidence of the close familial relationship with the Canberra resident:
    • Spouse/partner: marriage certificate, civil partnership/union registration; or
    • Birth certificates to evidence the familial relationship between you and the ACT family member.
  • From your Canberra relative:
    • Evidence of two years ACT residence: bank statements, rates notice, utilities bill or PAYG summary; and
    • Evidence of Australian citizenship or residency.

                   Please note: Statutory Declarations will NOT be accepted as evidence of relationship.

 

  • ACT assets
  • Residential or commercial property: Certificate of Title; purchase settlement statement; evidence of minimum $250,000 cash investment; letter of mortgage approval (if applicable).
  • Majority business ownership: ABN; ASIC Business Name Summary; evidence of minimum $200,000 turnover in one of the last two years; Business Activity Statements (BAS) for the last two years.
  • Evidence of $200,000 investment in a start‑up ACT business, and description of ACT business activity.

 

Attaching documents to your application

Supporting documents must be attached in one of the following supported formats to be accepted (MS word, Excel, JPG, GIF, TIF, Acrobat PDF).

Maximum file size for each document is 10 Megabytes (10 MB)

Only one document can be attached per field. Documents already uploaded will be overwritten by trying to attach a second document in the same field.  If you wish to attach additional supporting documents against a criterion, please use the ‘Additional Supporting Documents’ screen.

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A – Nomination obligations

Attachment B – Financial declaration (overseas applicants only) – Not included

Attachment C – Summary of working hours (Canberra residents only)

Attachment D – Summary of ACT residence

Attachment E – Statutory Declaration from ACT employer

 

 

 

 

Attachment A

Nomination Obligations to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

I (name)………………………………………………………………………………. (DOB)….…/..…../.……

of (address)……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

do solemnly and sincerely declare that:

  • The information contained in my application for ACT nomination of a Skilled Migration visa is true and accurate.
  • I have read and understand my obligations in relation to ACT residence as provided in the ACT Nomination Guidelines, and my commitment to reside permanently in Canberra is ongoing and genuine.
  • (For applicants who are Canberra residents): I agree to reside in Canberra during the ACT nomination and visa application process.
    • I understand that the ACT Government reserves its right to withdraw ACT nomination if, at any time until the visa is granted, they are satisfied that I do not have a genuine commitment to reside in Canberra.
    • If the ACT nominated skilled migration visa is approved, I agree to reside in Canberra for at least two years from date of visa grant.
  • (For applicants who are overseas): I have researched relevant employment opportunities in Canberra and am satisfied that there are sufficient employment opportunities in my nominated occupation relevant to my skill set and experience in Canberra. I am aware that Australian labour market conditions may vary significantly as the employment market fluctuates at different times of the year; and from year to year. I understand that I need to be realistic about employment expectations as it can take, on average, six months to secure employment. I understand that I will compete for employment vacancies with all people in the labour market as part of a normal selection process.
    • If the ACT nominated skilled migration visa is approved, I agree to reside in the ACT for at least two years following the date of my permanent arrival in Australia.
  • I will inform the ACT Skilled Migration team when the visa application is decided by Home Affairs and, if travelling from overseas, my expected arrival date in Canberra.
  • I agree that ACT nomination is exclusive to the ACT and is NOT transferable to any other Australian state or territory. I understand that the ACT Government will inform the Department of Home Affairs if I do not make a genuine effort to reside in Canberra for at least two years from date of visa grant / permanent arrival.
  • I understand that the ACT will monitor my settlement in Canberra for two years from date of visa grant / permanent arrival and I agree to complete the six monthly settlement surveys for the first two years.
  • I have access to enough financial resources to support myself (and any dependents) while securing employment in Canberra if my visa application is successful.
  • I understand that the ACT Government is not responsible for finding employment, accommodation or providing a financial incentive to ACT nominated skilled migrants.
  • I understand that the ACT Government or employees of the ACT Government are not liable for any inaccuracies or omissions in the information provided to the applicant in the context of their application for ACT nomination.

The information you provide with your application is collected by Skills Canberra, Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development, a Directorate of the ACT Government and will be used to assess your application for an ACT nomination. For details on the collection of personal information please refer to the Canberra Create Your Future privacy notice. Information you provide in the settlement surveys will be used to monitor your settlement if you are a successful applicant. Depersonalised settlement information may be used to compile statistical reports for ACT Government internal reporting and may be published in media releases. Any information submitted by you in and/or with your application and in the settlement surveys which contains personal information will be stored, used and disclosed in accordance with the requirements of the Information Privacy Act 2014.

 

Signature of applicant: ……………………………………..…………..                         Date: ……./..…./…….

Name of Witness ………………………………………………………….

Signature of witness: ………………………………………………….…..                         Date……./……./……..

 

 

 

 

Attachment C

SUMMARY OF WORKING HOURS

 

Name: ………………………………………………………………………………. (main applicant/spouse)                                                                       

 

Date Matrix submitted: ……/……/……

You must record your employer, occupation and every pay cycle (weekly, fortnight or monthly) for the length of

employment claimed.  If you did not work, you must leave that pay cycle blank. Any period of

unpaid personal leave must be evidenced by a valid medical certificate. If you are working for more than two

employers in any claimed period, you can construct your own spreadsheet.

If the case officer is not satisfied that your ‘summary’ clearly records the total hours worked for each pay period,

your claims against the employment criteria will not be accepted. 

 

  Employer:

 

Occupation:

Employer:

 

Occupation:

Total

Hours

worked

Pay Period Hours Net salary Pay date Hours Net salary Pay date
 

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Attachment D

SUMMARY OF ACT RESIDENCE

 

Name: ………………………………………………………………………………. (main applicant / spouse)                                                                       

 

Date Matrix submitted: ……/……/……

Date of arrival in Canberra:

 

……/……/……

 

 

 

What period of ACT residence are you claiming (in the last eight years) at date of Matrix submission?

 

Visit to Canberra         

 

Less than one year      

 

One to two years        

 

Two to three years  

 

Three to four years

 

Four to five years

 

Five years plus

 

 

You must record any time that you spent away from Canberra (for seven days or more) for each year of residence claimed.  You may have holidays away from Canberra for a maximum of six weeks in any year without it affecting your claim for a year of residence. The year counts back from date of Matrix submission.

You can study interstate for one or two days a week. However, if you study interstate for more than two days a week, you will not be considered an ACT resident for that period. If you worked interstate, you cannot claim ACT residence for that period.

 

Bank statements: Your bank statements must evidence your claimed date of arrival in Canberra. You must also provide a bank statement (with salary payments highlighted) for each year of residence claimed at date of matrix submission; and until date of invitation to apply for ACT nomination. You must highlight any period you spent away from Canberra for seven days or more. 

 

 

 

YEAR ONE

(the year before date of

matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate Overseas
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   Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year One: ………

 

 

 

 

YEAR TWO

 

(two years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate Overseas
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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Two: ………
 

YEAR THREE

 

(three years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate Overseas
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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Three ………
 

YEAR FOUR

 

(four years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate Overseas
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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Four: ………
 

YEAR FIVE

 

(five years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate Overseas
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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Five: ………

 

 

 

YEAR SIX

 

(six years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate  
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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Six: ………
 

YEAR SEVEN

 

(seven years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate Overseas
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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Seven: ………
 

YEAR EIGHT

 

(eight years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate Overseas
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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Eight: ………

 

 

 

Attachment E

Commonwealth of Australia

STATUTORY DECLARATION

Statutory Declarations Act 1959

1  Insert the name, address and occupation of person making the declaration I,1

 

make the following declaration under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959:

2  Set out matter declared to in numbered paragraphs 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I understand that a person who intentionally makes a false statement in a statutory declaration is guilty of an offence under section 11 of the Statutory Declarations Act 1959, and I believe that the statements in this declaration are true in every particular.

 

3  Signature of person making the declaration

 

4  [Optional: email address and/or telephone number of person making the declaration]

3

 

4

5  Place

6  Day

7  Month and year

Declared at 5                                            on 6                             of 7

Before me,

8  Signature of person before whom the declaration is made (see over) 8

 

9  Full name, qualification and address of person before whom the declaration is made (in printed letters)

10 [Optional: email address and/or telephone number of person before whom the declaration is made

 

9

 

 

10

 

 

Source: http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/

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ACT Critical Skills List

ACT Critical Skills List January 2021

ACT CRITICAL SKILLS LIST January 2021 update

The ACT Critical Skills List is used to determine the eligibility for ACT nomination of the following programs:

• Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 visa.

• Skilled Nominated (Permanent) subclass 190 visa.

ACT Critical Skills List

The ACT Critical Skills List was reviewed and updated on 11 January 2021.

The ACT Critical Skills List will be reviewed every four months and updated as required to ensure that the ACT Migration Program adapts and responds to the evolving critical skills needs of the ACT economy.

Cap on Occupations

The number of ACT nomination places may be capped for each occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List. Invitations may not be issued when the monthly cap for an occupation is reached.

 

ACT CRITICAL SKILLS LIST – January 2021

ANZSCO MAJOR Group Nomination places available each month ANZSCO NOMINATED OCCUPATION
1324 Less than 10 132411 Policy and Planning Manager (491 only)
1335 Less than 5 133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing)
1351 Less than 5 135112 ICT Project Manager
135199 ICT Managers (nec)
1399 Less than 5 139911 Arts Administrator or Manager
139912 Environmental Manager
1492 Less than 5 149211 Call or Contact Centre Manager (491 only)
149212 Customer Service Manager
2124 Less than 5 212411 Copywriter
212412 Newspaper or Periodical Editor
212413 Print Journalist
212415 Technical Writer
212416 Television Journalist
212499 Journalist & other writers (nec)
2211 Less than 10 221111 Accountant (General)
221112 Management Accountant
221113 Taxation Accountant
2244 less than 10 224412 Policy Analyst (491 only)
2249 Less than 5 224912 Liaison Officer (491 only)
224914 Patents Examiner (491 only)
224999 Information and Organisation Prof. nec (491 only)
2321 Less than 10 232111 Architect
232112 Landscape Architect
2324 Less than 5 232411 Graphic Designer
232412 Illustrator
232414 Web Designer
2332   233211 Civil Engineer
233212 Geotechnical Engineer
 Less than 5 233213 Quantity Surveyor
  233214 Structural Engineer
  233215 Transport Engineer
2339 Less than 5 233911 Aeronautical Engineer
233912 Agricultural Engineer
233913 Biomedical Engineer
2411 Less than 5 241111 Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher
2513 Less than 5 251311 Environmental Health Officer (491 only)
251312 Occupational Health and Safety Adviser
2523 Less than 5 252311 Dental Specialist
252312 Dentist (491 only)
2524 Less than 5 252411 Occupational Therapist
2525 Less than 5 252511 Physiotherapist
2527 Less than 5 252711 Audiologist
  252712 Speech Pathologist
2531 Less than 5 253111 General Practitioner
253112 Resident Medical Officer
2544 Less than 10 254411 Nurse Practitioner
254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
254413 Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)
254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health)
254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency)
254416 Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
254417 Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehabilitation)
254418 Registered Nurse (Medical)
254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical)
254425 Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
254499 Registered Nurses (nec)
2611 Less than 15 261111 ICT Business Analyst
261112 Systems Analyst
2613 Less than 40 261311 Analyst Programmer
261312 Developer Programmer
261313 Software Engineer
261314 Software Tester
261399 Software and Applications Programmers nec
2621 Less than 10 262111 Database Administrator
262112 ICT Security Specialist
262113 Systems Administrator
2631 Less than 5 263111 Computer Network & Systems Engineer
263112 Network Administrator
263113 Network Analyst
2632 Less than 5 263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
263212 ICT Support Engineer
263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer
263299 ICT Support and Test Engineers (nec)
2721

 

 

 

 

Less than 5 272111 Careers Counsellor
272112 Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
272113 Family and Marriage Counsellor
272114 Rehabilitation Counsellor
272115 Student Counsellor
272199 Counsellors nec
2723 Less than 5 272311 Clinical Psychologist
272312 Educational Psychologist
272313 Organisational Psychologist
272314 Psychotherapist
272399 Psychologist (nec)
2724 Less than 5 272412 Interpreter
272413 Translator (491 only)
272499 Social Professionals (nec)
2725 Less than 5 272511 Social Worker
2726 Less than 5 272611 Community Arts Worker (491 only)
272612 Recreation Officer
272613 Welfare Worker
3312 Less than 5 331211 Carpenter and Joiner
331212 Carpenters
331213 Joiner
3421 Less than 5 342111 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics
3513 Less than 5 351311 Chef
3622 Less than 5 362211 Gardener (General
362212 Aborist
362213 Landscape Gardener
3911 Less than 5 391111 Hairdressers
4117 Less than 5 411711 Community Worker
411712 Disabilities Services Officer
411713 Family Support Worker
411715 Residential Care Officer
411716 Youth Worker
4523 Less than 5 452311 Sports Development Officer
5111 Less than 10 511111 Contract Administrator
511112 Program or Project Administrator

Source: http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/

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Migration program planning levels 2020-2021

The Migration program is designed to achieve a range of economic and social outcomes. The program is set annually, with the total places available capped at a ceiling of 160,000 for 2020-21. The total program is broken down into the following streams:

  • Skill – designed to improve the productive capacity of the economy and fill skill shortages in the labour market, including those in regional Australia. In 2020-21, the Skill stream has 79,600 places allocated.​
  • Family – is predominately made up of Partner visas, enabling Australians to reunite with family members from overseas, and provide them with pathways to citizenship (77,300 places in 2020-21).
  • Special Eligibility – this covers visas for those in special circumstances. This can include permanent residents returning to Australia after a period away, and is the smallest stream (100 places in 2020-21).
  • At least 3,000 Child places will be available in 2020-21.
2020-21 Migration program planning levels
Stream and Category 2020-21
Skill stream
Employer Sponsored 22,000
Skilled Independent 6,500
Regional 11,200
​State/Territory Nominated 11,200
Business Innovation & Investment program 13,500
Global Talent 15,000
Distinguished Talent 200
Skill Total 79,600
Family Stream
Partner 72,300
Parent 4,500
Other Family 500
Family Total 77,300
Special Eligibility 100
Child (estimate; not subject to a ceiling) 3,000
Total 160,000

Program size and composition

The size and composition of the Migration program is set each year through the Australian Government’s Budget process. It is informed following broad public consultations with state and territory governments, business and community groups and the wider public. Community views, economic and labour force forecasts, international research, net overseas migration and economic and fiscal modelling are all taken into account when planning the program.​

State an​d Territory nominated visa categories –
​2020-21 nomination allocations

Under the 2020-21 Migration Program settings, nomination allocations are made available to States and Territories in the following categories:

  • Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190)
  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491)
  • Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)

States and Territories each assess eligible applicants against a criteria unique to their jurisdiction.

Further information regarding State and Territory nomination requirements can be found at:

Following consultation with States and Territories, the foll​o​wing nomination levels have been allocated for 2020-21:

State and Territory nominated visa allocations
State Skilled Nominated (Subclass 190) Visa Skilled Work Regional (Subclass 491) visa Business Innovation and Investment Program (BIIP)
ACT 702 598 30
NSW 3,550 2,800 2,200
VIC 2,500 1,043 1,750
QLD ​1,000 1,250 1,200
NT 500 500 75
WA 1,100 340 360
SA 1,500 1,850 1,000
TAS 1,000 1,400 45
Total 11,852 9,781 6,660

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/migration-program-planning-levels

NSW Skilled Occupation Lists 2020-2021

NSW Skilled Occupation Lists 2020-2021

NSW is currently working from reduced skilled occupation lists at Home Affairs direction. The occupations NSW is currently nominating for the subclass 190 and subclass 491 visas can be found below. These lists are subject to change without notice.

NSW does not release information about the overall quota of nomination places, or allocation of places to each occupation.

Information about minimum eligibility criteria, and how invitation rounds work, can be found on our Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190) website.

Information about how to apply for regional NSW nomination can be found on our Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491) website.

For answers to our most frequently asked skilled migration questions, please see our skilled visa FAQs website.

Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa (subclass 190)

  • 133211 Engineering Manager
  • 134212 Nursing Clinical Director
  • 233911 Aeronautical Engineer
  • 233916 Naval Architect
  • 254411 Nurse Practitioner
  • 254413 Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
  • 254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health)
  • 254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
  • 254417 Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)
  • 254418 Registered Nurse (Medical)
  • 254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
  • 254499 Registered Nurses nec
  • 261111 ICT business Analyst
  • 261112 Systems Analyst
  • 261311 Analyst Programmer
  • 261312 Developer Programmer
  • 261313 Software Engineer
  • 262112 ICT Security Specialist
  • 263111 Computer Network and Systems Engineer
  • 312311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson
  • 312312 Electrical Engineering Technician

Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 491)

Source: https://www.business.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw/visas-and-immigration/skilled-visas/nsw-skilled-occupations-list

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NSW 491 visa NSW 491 visa nomination criteria

NSW Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491) Nomination Criteria 2020-2021

NSW Skilled Work Regional visa (subclass 491) Nomination Criteria 2020-2021

You must meet the all criteria in one of the following three streams to be eligible for NSW nomination:

  1. Living and working in regional NSW;
  2. recently completed study in regional NSW; or
  3. living and working outside of NSW.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria in one of these three streams may be refused unless otherwise agreed with NSW Treasury.

‘Closely related occupations’ are defined as those having the same ANZSCO unit group, i.e. sharing the same first four digits.

‘Designated regional areas’ are determined by Home Affairs. Please see their website for a list of regional NSW postcodes.

State or Territory Category Postcodes
New South Wales Cities and major regional centres 2259, 2264 to 2308, 2500 to 2526, 2528 to 2535 and 2574
Regional centres and other regional areas 2250 to 2258, 2260 to 2263, 2311 to 2490, 2527, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2739, 2753 to 2754, 2756 to 2758 and 2773 to 2898

 

  1. Living and working in regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this stream you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region’s occupation list;
  • have been living in a designated regional area in NSW for at least the previous 12 months; and
  • have been working in your nominated occupation, or a closely related occupation, in a designated regional area of NSW, for at least the previous 12 months.
  1. Recently completed study in regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this stream you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region’s occupation list;
  • have completed study or education with an education provider, where:
    • the study was completed within the previous 24 months;
    • the education provider is located in a designated regional area in NSW;
    • the study meets the Australian study requirement (as determined by Home Affairs from time to time); and
    • the qualification obtained from this study has been assessed as closely related to your nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority; and
  • have lived in a designated regional area of NSW while completing your study.
  1. Living and working outside of NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this stream you must meet all the criteria for at least one of the following categories:

a. Job offer in regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this category you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region’s occupation list;
  • have an offer for ongoing employment that is:
    • in the Applicant’s nominated occupation, or a closely related occupation; and
    • for a minimum term of 12 months and 35 hours of work per week;
  • have an offer for ongoing employment from an employer that is:
    • located in a designated regional area in NSW; and
    • registered in Australia.

b. At least five years skilled employment experience (offshore Applicants)

If you reside outside of Australia, you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region’s occupation list; and
  • have at least five years of skilled employment in such nominated occupation or a closely related occupation.

c. Family ties in regional NSW

To be eligible for NSW nomination under this category you must:

  • hold a valid skills assessment for an occupation that appears on your nominated region’s occupation list; and
  • have an immediate family member in a designated regional area in NSW who satisfies all of the criteria below:
    • a grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, brother or sister of the Applicant (including by virtue of a step or adoptive relationship);
    • at least 18 years of age;
    • either an Australian Permanent Resident, an Australian Citizen, or a NSW nominated provisional visa holder (489);
    • currently residing in a designated regional area in NSW; and
    • has been residing in a designated regional area in NSW for at least the previous 24 months,
    • and you must ensure that your family member has completed a statutory declaration to confirm that they satisfy each of the above chain migration requirements.

 

Source: https://www.business.nsw.gov.au/live-and-work-in-nsw/visas-and-immigration/skilled-visas/skilled-work-regional-visa-subclass-491 

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Tasmania state nomination update Aug to Oct 2020

Tasmania Interim visa nomination allocations and priorities August – October 2020

Interim visa nomination allocations and priorities

August – October 2020

What has changed?

The Department of Home Affairs has issued an interim allocation of subclass 491, 190, 188 and 132 visa nomination places to states and territories. These allocations will be updated after the 2020-21 Federal Budget is handed down in October.

The Department of Home Affairs has directed that until this time, all nominations must be justifiable in relation to their likely contribution to Australia’s economic recovery, and follow three priorities:

  1. High quality subclass 188 and 132 (Business Innovation and Investment Program) nomination applications.
  2. Applicants critical to supporting Tasmania’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including individuals providing critical or specialist medical services, critical skills required to maintain the supply of essential goods and services, or delivering services in sectors critical to Australia’s economic recovery.
  3. Applicants currently in Australia who can demonstrate their capacity to meaningfully contribute to economic recovery.

What does this mean for applicants?

All new and existing nomination applications will be considered according to these priorities, with those in critical roles being nominated first.

Existing applicants who are not in critical roles will be considered only after priority applications for critical roles have been processed.

Decisions on non-critical role applications may not be available until October or later. Only those applicants with the most compelling claims will be nominated.

Imminent visa expiry is not sufficient to give priority to an application. If your visa is about to expire you should contact the Department of Home Affairs or a Registered Migration Agent about your visa options.

What does it mean for applications lodged before 1pm (AEST), Tuesday 25th August 2020 (Subclass 491 / Subclass 190)?

Migration Tasmania willemail all applicants who lodged their application, offering them an opportunity to either:

  • request priority consideration on the basis that they are engaged in a critical role supporting the health system or the Tasmanian economy, or
  • withdraw their application for nomination and receive a full refund of the application fee, or
  • continue with their application in respect of a requirement to demonstrate that their nomination will lead to a genuine ongoing and meaningful contribution to Tasmania’s economic recovery.

Applicants who request their application continue to be considered for nomination will not receive a refund regardless of the outcome.

Applicants who are not employed in critical roles will not be nominated unless they can strongly demonstrate that their nomination will genuinely benefit economic recovery in Tasmania.

There is no guaranteed timeframe for an outcome and applicants in non-critical roles may not receive an outcome until October or later.

Migration Tasmania will competitively assess all existing applications in accordance with priorities established by the Department of Home Affairs.

With the very limited number of nomination places available, nomination cannot be guaranteed and only those in critical roles or able to provide the most compelling claims will be supported.

 

What does it mean for applications lodged after 1pm (AEST), Tuesday 25th August 2020 (Subclass 491 / Subclass 190)?

All new applications lodged after 1pm (AEST), Tuesday 25th August 2020 must meet the minimum requirements of their chosen nomination category and demonstrate that the applicant is critical to supporting Tasmania’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.

Applicants must provide a letter of support from their employer clearly explaining how their role is critical to providing medical services, the supply of essential goods and services, or delivering services in sectors critical to Tasmania’s economic recovery. If an applicant cannot show that their role is critical, it will not be supported for nomination.

This requirement will be reviewed after the Federal Budget in October when full details of the 2020-21 nomination allocations and requirements are announced by the Department of Home Affairs.

What are critical roles?

The Department of Home Affairs provides guidance on critical roles or critical skills at https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/critical-skills-and-sectors#toc-1. For Tasmania these roles include those:

  • directly assisting in Tasmania’s COVID-19 response directly engaged by Tasmanian Government
  • providing critical or specialist medical services or delivering medical supplies potentially associated with COVID-19 response. This includes all general nursing and medical positions with the Tasmanian Health Service
  • directly involved in the supply of essential goods and services (medical technology, critical infrastructure, telecommunications, engineering and mining, supply chain logistics, agricultural technology, food production, and the maritime industry) including highly skilled and specialised roles in:
  • infrastructure engineering and maintenance such as dams, large-/high-complexity bridges, irrigation schemes, transport logistics planning and maintenance
  • agriculture such as artificial insemination technicians, wool classers, livestock pregnancy scanners
  • the supply of essential goods and services which would be in jeopardy without the applicant.

*This does not include lower level positions such as retail workers, harvest labour, delivery drivers, or warehouse staff.

  • delivering services in sectors critical to economic recovery such as financial technology, large scale manufacturing, film and television production and emerging technology which:
  • must be high-value/highly-skilled/specialised roles
  • would normally include a significant and recognised contribution to export income, significant flow-on employment and economic benefits, high-value national/ international exposure.

*This will not generally include small scale, locally-oriented operations.

In addition, Tasmania will accept new applications from people employed in:

  • health and allied health occupations, including in private and not-for-profit sectors
  • senior support workers/enrolled nurses/registered nurses in aged, disability and community care (minimum diploma qualified).

The scope of these priority areas may change as the needs of Tasmania’s economy evolves.

What is a genuine, ongoing and meaningful contribution to the Tasmanian economy?

Every nomination must be justified in terms of an applicant’s potential to contribute to economic recovery in Tasmania. The onus is on the applicant to demonstrate how they meet this requirement.

Supporting claims may include:

  • employment in highly skilled, hard to fill roles
  • high value skills or experience not readily found in the local community
  • long-term high-value financial contribution to the local economy leading to additional employment outcomes for locals
  • involvement in Tasmanian business or enterprise that is significantly reliant on the applicant’s ongoing presence in Tasmania
  • a clear, plausible potential to live in Tasmania and contribute to the development of skills which are needed in Tasmania.

What does it mean for Subclass 188 and 132 visa nomination applications?

More information on interim business nomination program arrangements and priorities will be available in the near future.

Where can I find more information?

Further information about the interim program priorities and advice for applicants can be found here.

Subclass 491 – Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa

The rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19 has necessitated temporary changes to eligibility for the Subclass 491: 3A Overseas Applicant (TSOL) nomination category.

As of 20 March 2020, applications for this category are temporarily restricted until further notice to occupations listed in the ‘High Demand’ section of the Tasmanian Skilled Occupation List (TSOL). Please do not LODGE or PAY for a Category 3A application if your occupation is not in the ‘HIGH DEMAND’ on the TSOL. Your application will NOT be assessed.

Applications under Category 3A lodged prior to this date which specify other occupations will still be considered. Applicants with ‘High Demand’ occupations will, however, be given priority. This means processing times for other Category 3A applications with occupations not listed in the High Demand section will become extended (approximately 6 months from lodgement).

The updated Tasmanian Skilled Occupation List (TSOL) can be found here.

Subclass 190 – Skilled Nominated Visa

Meeting the minimum nomination requirements does not guarantee that you will be offered state nomination from the Tasmanian Government. The Department of Home Affairs sets a nomination quota for the state each year, which limits the number of applicants that can be nominated.

If you are able to meet the minimum nomination requirements, your application will be competitively assessed against other eligible applications, with a focus on your ability to address a number of criteria, including:

  • your demonstrated ability and commitment to establishing yourself, and any dependents, in Tasmania with a view to your prospects for long-term settlement in the state
  • the demand for your particular skills and expertise, and your ability to find work in Tasmania
  • the suitability and transferability of your qualifications, skills and experience – including any specialist capabilities – to the needs of Tasmania’s labour market
  • the skills and background of dependent family members
  • your level of English language competency

Applicants who have skills in areas of particular need within the Tasmanian economy will be held in high regard, particularly if living in an area outside of Greater Hobart. These include:

  • health
  • trades and construction
  • engineering
  • community services (including aged and disability care)

 

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act 491 / 190 nomination guidelines

ACT 491 / 190 Nomination Guidelines August 2020

ACT 491 / 190 nomination guidelines – Matrix submitted AFTER 19 August 2020.

 

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ACT 491 / 190 Nomination Guidelines January 2021

 

 

 

 

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) offers Territory nomination  to Canberra Residents under the following skilled migration streams:

• Skilled Work Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visa.

• Skilled Nominated (Permanent) subclass 190 visa.

The Canberra Matrix is closed to overseas applicants.

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:

  1. 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 the ACT nomination. There is no guarantee that your Matrix score will be ranked as the demand for ACT nomination far exceeds the number of nomination places available each year.
  2. If you are invited to apply for the 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.

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, your supporting documentation must evidence your eligibility and Matrix score claimed at the date you submitted the Matrix.

 

Part ONE

ACT nomination priorities

The Australian Government’s priority for migration in 2020-21 is supporting Australia’s economic and public health response to, and recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic.  This includes an emphasis on migrants who will make productive investments in Australia, create jobs for Australians, provide critical health and medical skills, and support economic productivity.

Under the Territory Migration Agreement, the ACT is allocated a fixed number of nominations each year. The Australian Government has directed that nominations provided to states and territories are focused on applicants critical to supporting the effort in response to COVID-19 pandemic. This includes individuals providing critical or specialist medical services, with critical skills required to maintain the supply of essential goods and services; and those who deliver services in sectors critical to Australia’s economic recovery. See ACT Critical Skills List.

ACT Nomination Guidelines

These guidelines explain how to express interest in applying for ACT nomination by completing a score-based ‘Canberra Matrix’. The Matrix allocates points against demonstrated economic contribution or benefit, English proficiency, formal qualifications, length of ACT residence/study, investment activity and close family ties. All Matrix scores are then ranked with the highest-ranked candidates invited to apply for ACT nomination.

Please note: You must read the ACT nomination guidelines carefully. If you are invited to apply for ACT nomination, your supporting documents must evidence your eligibility and all Matrix points claimed at the date of Matrix submission.

 

Submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) with Home Affairs SkillSelect.

Before completing the Canberra Matrix, you must be eligible to apply for a skilled migration visa to Australia. You must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to migrate to Australia through the Department of Home Affairs SkillSelect. You must:

  • Have a suitable skill assessment in your nominated occupation and meet the Home Affairs points test (currently 65 points).
  • Select the ACT as your preferred location to live in Australia. If the ACT is not selected, you will not meet the genuine commitment criteria for ACT nomination.
  • Meet the Home Affairs criteria at the date of ACT nomination decision. The ACT is unable to nominate an applicant who does not meet the age criteria, has an expired skill assessment or English test result.

If you are invited to apply for ACT nomination and your application is approved, your Home Affairs SkillSelect EOI will be confirmed and Home Affairs will automatically issue the visa invitation.

Choose an ACT nomination pathway – provisional 491 or permanent 190

The ACT offers nomination under the following State / Territory nominated skilled migration streams:

  • Skilled Work Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visas.
  • Skilled Nominated (permanent) subclass 190 visas.

You must meet the eligibility criteria for ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination before you can complete the Canberra Matrix:

  • Canberra resident:
  • Eligibility criteria – ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination: page 6
  • Canberra Matrix 491 / 190 scoring table: page 10
  • Overseas applicant: The Canberra Matrix is currently closed to overseas applicants.

How to complete the Canberra Matrix

  • Migration agents acting on behalf of a client must register and create an ACT agents account. The Canberra Matrix can be accessed from the ACT agent portal.
  • Individual candidates not using a migration agent are not required to create an account. The Canberra Matrix can be accessed at the Canberra Your Future

Before you complete the Canberra Matrix:

  • Read the nomination guidelines carefully and make sure that you are eligible to complete the Matrix.

Completing the Canberra Matrix:

  • Enter your personal information.
  • Select either ACT 491 nomination or ACT 190 nomination.
  • Select Canberra resident.
  • Select Eligibility criteria
  • Select a Matrix score in each category. Remember, your supporting documentation must evidence the Matrix points claimed at the date you submitted the Matrix. Documents dated after the Matrix is submitted will not meet the criteria.

Once you submit the Matrix, you will receive an email with a summary of the Matrix score claimed. The Matrix cannot be updated or withdrawn once it is submitted. If the claimed Matrix points increase/decrease due to an error or change in circumstances, you must complete a new Matrix; noting that your submission date/time will also change.

The Matrix will automatically expire six months after date of submission if an invitation is not issued. Once a Matrix has lapsed, it cannot be reactivated.

2020-21 Ranking and selection process

The Australian Government has directed the ACT to only nominate Canberra residents with skills that are critical to supporting the ACT’s post pandemic economic recovery.

Matrix submitted before 1 July 2020:

  • Canberra residents:
  • All Matrix submissions will be sorted and only applicants with an occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List will be selected and, if ranked, invited to apply for ACT nomination.
    • 457 / 482 visa holders who do not have an occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List must submit a new Matrix.
    • Matrix submissions that do not nominate an occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List will not be ranked and will lapse after six months.
  • Overseas applicants.
  • The Canberra Matrix is closed to overseas applicants. Matrix submitted by overseas applicants will not be ranked and will automatically lapse after six months.

Matrix submitted after 18 August 2020

  • Canberra residents:
  • Separate invitation rounds will be held for the 491 and 190 nomination streams. The highest ranked candidates in each stream will be invited to apply for ACT nomination. Please note: an invitation may not be issued if an occupation cap is met.

Invitations to apply for ACT nomination

We will issue invitations on a regular basis; pro rata against the ACT allocation of nomination places set by Home Affairs. The number of invitations issued will vary in each round. The cut‑off for selection will depend on the occupation cap and the number of Matrix submitted. If there are more candidates with the same Matrix score than the number of invitation places available, selection may be based on the date and time of the Matrix submission.

Candidates may be selected and invited if their nomination is deemed to be of significant benefit to the Territory.

Cap on Occupations

The number of ACT nomination places may be capped for each occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List. Invitations may not be issued when the monthly cap for an occupation is reached. See ACT Critical Skills List.

Requests for ranking information

Invitations are not guaranteed. The ACT Skilled Migration team will not respond to requests for information on ranking or the likelihood of receiving an invitation. Candidates will not be prioritised or issued invitations based on personal circumstances. This includes, but is not limited to, visa expiry dates or a change in circumstances.

 

Part TWO 

Canberra resident – ACT provisional 491 nomination

Canberra Resident 491 – you must meet the following criteria before you are eligible to submit a Canberra matrix for ACT nomination of a Skilled Regional (provisional) subclass 491 visa:

  • You must be residing in Canberra for at least three months immediately before the date of Matrix submission (and continuing until date of any invitation). Residence is defined as living and settled in Canberra. Visiting Canberra for short periods does not meet the residence criteria. You are not eligible for ACT nomination if you, your spouse/partner or children are living or working in another Australian state or territory.
  • You must meet one of the following two criteria:
  1. Your nominated occupation is on the ACT Critical Skills List;

OR

  1. You are the primary holder of a subclass 457/482 visa sponsored by an ACT employer:
  • You have worked in Canberra for the sponsoring ACT employer for at least three months as the holder of a 457/482 visa.
  • The 457/482 visa must have a minimum 12 months validity at date of Matrix submission.
  • You must be working for an ACT employer in Canberra for at least three months immediately before the date of Matrix submission:
  • You must be working a minimum 20 hours per week in each of the thirteen weeks immediately before date of Matrix submission. Your employment must be continuous. Paid leave (annual, personal or maternity) meets the continuous employment criteria.
  • Unpaid personal leave does not meet the continuous employment criteria unless it is evidenced by a valid medical certificate (the certificate cannot be backdated). You cannot count any period of unpaid leave towards meeting the three months ACT employment For example, if you had five days unpaid leave you cannot submit the 491 Matrix until three months plus five days.
  • You must be in paid employment. Internships, stipends, scholarships and volunteer positions are not considered employment for this criterion.
  • You may work for more than one ACT employer and/or be self- employed. Your employer must be actively operating in the ACT for at least 12 months at date of matrix submission. The terms and conditions of employment must be in accordance with Australian legislation. Your income must not be less than the relevant award or market salary rate.
  • If you are self-employed on an ABN, you must have at least 12 months ACT business activity at date of Matrix submission. Your total income must be at least $500 pw for each week of self-employment claimed.
  • If you are working in Canberra but you are employed by an interstate employer, your employer must have an office / branch located within a 30-minute commute of Canberra (a serviced office or home office does not meet this criterion).
  • If you are nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation, you must have a current English test result that meets the Home Affairs level of ‘proficient’ or ‘superior’ English.
  • If you are including a spouse/partner and/or child in your application and they are in Australia, they must have lived in Canberra for the three months immediately before the date of Matrix submission. If they are not living in Canberra, you must attach evidence that they are living overseas.
  • If you wish to claim Matrix points for a spouse/partner, you must have evidence of the relationship: either a marriage certificate, civil partnership/union registration, or VEVO (Visa Entitlement Verification Online) secondary applicant status for yourself or spouse/partner. The document must be dated before the Matrix is submitted.
  • If you wish to claim Matrix points in the spouse/partner employment category, your spouse/partner must hold a current English test result with a competent or higher level of English; or hold an Australian or valid passport as defined by Home Affairs.
  • You must sign a Statutory Declaration committing to living and working in Canberra while your visa is processed and for at least two years from date of visa grant (see Attachment A).

Canberra resident – ACT permanent 190 nomination

Canberra resident 190 – you must meet the following criteria before you are eligible to submit a Canberra Matrix for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (permanent) subclass 190 visa:

  • You must be residing in Canberra for at least six months immediately before the date of Matrix submission and continuing until date of any invitation. Residence is defined as living and settled in Canberra. Visiting Canberra for short periods does not meet the residence criteria. You are not eligible for ACT nomination if you, your spouse/partner or children are living or working in another Australian state or territory.
  • You must meet one of the following two criteria:
  1. Your nominated occupation is on the ACT Critical Skills List; OR
  2. You are the primary holder of a subclass 457/482 visa sponsored by an ACT employer:
  • You have worked in Canberra for the sponsoring ACT employer for at least six months as the holder of a 457/482 visa.
  • The 457/482 visa must have a minimum 12 months validity at date of Matrix submission.
  • You must be working fulltime for an ACT employer in Canberra for at least six months at date of matrix submission:
  • You must be working a minimum of 35 hours per week for the 26 weeks immediately before date of Matrix submission. Your employment must be continuous. Paid leave (annual, personal or maternity) meets the continuous employment criteria.
  • Unpaid personal leave does not meet the continuous employment criteria unless it is evidenced by a valid medical certificate (the certificate cannot be backdated). You cannot count any period of unpaid leave towards meeting the three months ACT employment For example, if you had five days unpaid leave you cannot submit the 190 Matrix until six months plus five days.
  • You must be in paid employment. Internships, stipends, scholarships and volunteer positions are not considered employment for this criterion.
  • You may work for more than one ACT employer and/or be self- employed. Your employer must be actively operating in the ACT for at least 12 months at date of matrix submission. The terms and conditions of employment must be in accordance with Australian legislation. Your income must not be less than the relevant award or market salary rate.
  • If you are self-employed on an ABN, you must have at least 12 months ACT business activity at date of Matrix submission. Your total income must be at least $1000 pw for each week of the employment period claimed.
  • If you are working in Canberra but you are employed by an interstate employer, your employer must have an office / branch located within a 30-minute commute of Canberra (a serviced office or home office does not meet this criterion).
  • If you are nominating an ANZSCO Major Occupation Group 1 (Managers) or Group 2 (Professionals) occupation, you must have a current English test result that meets the Home Affairs level of ‘proficient’ or ‘superior’ English.
  • If you are including a spouse/partner and/or child in your application and they are in Australia, they must have lived in Canberra for the six months immediately before the date of Matrix submission. If they are not living in Canberra, you must attach evidence that they are living overseas.
  • If you wish to claim Matrix points for a spouse/partner, you must have evidence of the relationship: either a marriage certificate, civil partnership/union registration, or VEVO (Visa Entitlement Verification Online) secondary applicant status for yourself or spouse/partner. The document must be dated before the Matrix is submitted.
  • If you wish to claim Matrix points in the spouse/partner employment category, your spouse/partner must hold a current English test result with a competent or higher level of English; or hold an Australian or valid passport as defined by Home Affairs.
  • You must sign a Statutory Declaration committing to living and working in Canberra while your visa is processed and for at least two years from date of visa grant (see Attachment A).

 

PART THREE

Canberra Matrix scoring – Canberra residents

The Canberra Matrix is completed for both ACT 491 nomination and ACT 190 nomination.

You can only select one option in the drop-down menu for each category. Claims must be true at the date of Matrix submission. If you are invited to apply for ACT nomination, you must provide supporting documents to evidence any Matrix score claimed. If the supporting documents are dated after the Matrix was submitted, the Matrix score claimed will not be accepted.

 

CANBERRA RESIDENT
CATEGORY OPTION POINTS
 

LENGTH OF Current ACT residence

How long have you lived in Canberra in the last eight years?

·      Your bank statements must evidence your date of arrival and the claimed period of residence in Canberra.

·      You must record any period away from Canberra (seven days or more) in the ‘Summary of ACT residence’ at
Attachment D. This time away cannot be counted towards the claimed period of ACT residence.

·      You can study interstate for one or two days a week. However, if you studied more than two days (one night) a week interstate, you will not be considered an ACT resident for that period.

·      Your claimed period of ACT residence can be cumulative.

·      You cannot claim ACT residency for any period that you lived or worked interstate or overseas.

·      You can live within a 30-minute commute to Canberra as long as you are working in the ACT.

 

 

Five years plus.

 

 

25

Four to five years. 20
Three to four years. 15
Two to three years. 10
One to two years. 5
Less than one year. 0

 

 

CANBERRA RESIDENT
English proficiency

What is your English proficiency level as defined by Home Affairs?

 

You must have a valid English test result.

 

Superior. 15
Proficient. 10
Competent. 0
Spouse/partner English proficiency What is your spouse/partner’s English proficiency as defined by Home Affairs?

 

They must have a valid English test result to claim points.

Superior/proficient.

Competent.

Not Applicable.

5

0

0
Nominated OccupationIs your nominated occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List? Your nominated occupation is ON the ACT Critical Skills List.

Your nominated occupation is NOT on the ACT Critical Skills List.

20

 

0

Length of ACT employment

How long have you worked for an ACT employer in Canberra in the two years immediately before the date of Matrix submission?

·      You may be working in any occupation.

·      While the employment does not have to be fulltime or permanent, you must be working a minimum 20 hours per week for each week that you claim towards the period of employment.

·      You may work for more than one ACT employer. The employment does not have to be continuous.

·      You may also be self-employed on an ABN if:

o    Your gross weekly income exceeds $500 for each week of employment claimed; and

o    Your business has been operating in Canberra for at least 12 months.

 

 

Employed for 12 months plus.

 

 

10

 

Employed for six to 12 months.

 

5

 

Not applicable.

 

0

 

 

 

CANBERRA RESIDENT
ACT employment – skill level

Are you currently working for an ACT employer in Canberra in a highly skilled position? You must meet the minimum criteria below:

·      You must be working a minimum 20 hours per week for the last three months immediately before date of Matrix submission.

·      The employment must be continuous. Unpaid leave does not meet this criterion.

·      You may work for more than one ACT employer and/or be self-employed if you are working in the same occupation and at the same skill level.

·      Your gross income must be no less than $50,000 per annum for fulltime employment; or $26 per hour (excluding casual loading) for part time/casual employment.

·      Your employer must provide a Statutory Declaration confirming employment.  See Attachment E.

·      If you are self-employed on an ABN:

Your gross weekly income exceeds $500 for each week of employment claimed; and

Your business has been operating in Canberra for at least 12 months.

·      You have a tertiary qualification relevant to your occupation. Your qualification must be dated before you commenced employment. A RPL certificate is not recognised as a tertiary qualification.

·      Any employment claimed must be recorded on your SkillSelect EOI.

 

 

1.      You are working in your nominated occupation which is on the current ACT Critical Skills List. Your occupation must be recorded as ‘relevant’ on your SkillSelect EOI.

 

2.      You are the primary holder of a subclass 457 / 482 visa and you are working for the ACT employer who sponsored your visa. Your occupation must be recorded as ‘relevant’ on your SkillSelect EOI.

 

3.      You are working in an occupation that is on the current ACT Critical Skills List; but it is not your nominated occupation.

 

4.      You are working in an occupation that has an ANZSCO skill level 1 to 3.

 

5.   Not applicable.

 

 

20

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

5

 

0

 

 

 

CANBERRA RESIDENT
Spouse/partner employment

Is your spouse / partner currently working in the ACT or surrounding ‘commuter’ region? They must meet the minimum criteria below:

·           They must be working a minimum 20 hours per week for the three months immediately before the date of Matrix submission.

·           Their employment must be continuous. Unpaid personal leave does not meet the continuous employment criteria unless it is evidenced by a valid medical certificate

·           Unpaid leave cannot be counted towards the three months employment criteria.

·           They must have a valid English test result at a minimum level of ‘competent’ English; hold an Australian passport; or hold a valid passport as defined by Home Affairs.

·           They may work for more than one employer and / or be self-employed.

·           Their employer must provide a Statutory Declaration confirming their employment.  See Attachment E.

·           If they are self-employed on an ABN:

Their gross weekly income exceeds $500 for each week of employment claimed; and

Their business has been operating in Canberra for at least 12 months.

 

 

1.      They are working in an occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List. They must have a skill assessment relevant to their current employment. Their taxable income must be no less than $26 per hour (excluding casual loading).

 

 

15

2.      They have a current skill assessment and it is relevant to their current ACT employment. Their gross income must be no less than $26 per hour (excluding casual loading).

 

10
3.      They are currently working in any occupation, at any skill level, in Canberra.

 

Spouse employability

5
4.      They do not meet the 3 months employment criterion, but they have a:

·      Tertiary qualification (requiring at least 3 years full time continuous study) from an Australian or overseas institution in any occupation; and

·       A valid English test result at a minimum level of ‘competent’ English; or hold an Australian or valid passport as defined by Home Affairs.

 

 

 

5

5.      Not applicable. 0

 

 

CANBERRA RESIDENT
terTiary Qualification

What tertiary qualification do you hold from an Australian or international educational institution?

Your selected qualification must be recorded on your Home Affairs SkillSelect EOI

 

Doctoral degree.

Master’s Degree

Bachelor’s degree or trade certificate

Diploma qualification/s – at least two years full time study.

Not applicable.

20

15

 

10

 

5

 

0

years of study at an ACT Tertiary Institution.

For how many years did you study fulltime to complete a CRICOS* registered course, and / or attend a Professional Year (PY) program, at an ACT institution in the last eight years?

·      You must have a letter of course completion from the ACT institution to evidence the claimed period and location of study. 

·      You must be resident in Canberra during your claimed period of study. Distance education or online attendance is not accepted.

·      A PY undertaken in the ACT meets the one-year study criteria.

·      Two or more courses, including a PY, may be counted to evidence the period of ACT study.  The courses cannot be concurrent.

·      The courses do not have to be continuous.

CRICOS* – Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. An academic year is at least a total of 46 weeks.

 

Four academic years or more of study.

 

Three academic years of study.

 

Two academic years of study.

 

One academic year of study.

 

Not applicable.

 

20

 

 

15

 

10

 

5

 

0

Close family ties

Do you have a close family member who has lived in Canberra for the last two years?

A close family member is defined as a spouse/ partner, parent, child, brother, sister or grandparent of the main applicant or their spouse/ partner.

Australian citizen/permanent resident spouse/partner, child.

Australian citizen/permanent resident parent, grandparent, brother, sister.

Not applicable.

20

 

 

10

 

0

 

 

CANBERRA RESIDENT
Assets in Canberra

1.      You (and a spouse/partner if applicable) have invested at least $250,000 cash to purchase a residential or commercial property in Canberra (purchase of land only does not meet this criteria)? You must hold the Certificate of Title or a rates notice to evidence ownership.

2.      You have purchased/established a business in Canberra. You have majority ownership and minimum $200,000 turnover in one of the last two years.

3.      You have invested in a start-up business in the ACT that is typically technology oriented and has high growth potential.

 

 

1.      Minimum $250,000 cash investment in ACT residential or commercial property.

 

2.      Minimum $200,000 investment to purchase / establish a business.

 

3.      $200,000 third party investment in a start-up ACT business.

 

4.      Not applicable

 

 

5

 

 

5

 

 

 

5

 

0

 

 

PART FOUR 

Overseas applicant – ACT 491 / 190 nomination

Overseas applicant: – The ACT is not offering 491 / 190 nomination to overseas applicants in 2020-21.

 

PART FIVE

Invitation to apply for ACT nomination

If you are selected to apply for ACT nomination, you will receive an invitation email with a web link to the online application. Migration agents may access the application via their agent account.

If you do not wish to accept the invitation e.g. you submitted multiple matrix or you cannot evidence the matrix scores claimed, the invitation will lapse after 14 days.

By accepting the invitation and submitting the application for ACT nomination, you are agreeing to reside in Canberra during the nomination and visa application process. If the ACT nominated visa is approved, you agree to continue residing in Canberra for at least two years from date of visa grant.

The signed declaration ‘Nomination Obligations to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)’, must be attached to your application for ACT nomination. See Attachment A.

Completing the application for ACT nomination

An invitation does not guarantee that ACT nomination will be approved. You must complete the application for ACT nomination and provide the required supporting documents to evidence your eligibility to apply for ACT nomination and the Matrix score that the invitation was based on. Claims must be true at the date of Matrix submission.

See: Document checklist at PART SIX (page 18)

Your application for ACT nomination must be submitted (with service fee payment confirmed) within 14 days of date of invitation. If the application is not submitted within 14 days, the invitation will automatically expire and cannot be reactivated.

Once payment of the service fee is confirmed by email (within three working days), the application will be lodged and queued for processing.

Assessing the application

All applications are processed in submission date order. No requests for priority processing will be considered.

The standard processing period is 45 working days. For the current processing date click here.

Assessment of your application for ACT nomination will be based solely on the supporting documents provided at the time of lodgement. Additional documentation will not be accepted once the application is submitted. The case officer will not contact you for additional information or for clarification if your supporting documentation does not clearly demonstrate your eligibility or Matrix score claimed.

If the application is incomplete, or it does not clearly evidence the eligibility criteria or Canberra Matrix score claimed as at the date of Matrix submission, the application will be refused.

 

Offer of ACT nomination

Approval: If the application for ACT nomination is approved, your SkillSelect EOI will be confirmed and Home Affairs will simultaneously issue the visa invitation. You will be unable to update the SkillSelect EOI once ACT nomination is confirmed. You will then have 60 days to apply to Home Affairs for the ACT nominated skilled migration visa. ACT nomination does not guarantee that the skilled migration visa will be granted.

Only one ACT nomination place is offered per applicant. We will not confirm a new SkillSelect EOI if you made an error and/or are unable to apply for the visa.

Refusal: If the application for ACT nomination is refused, you will be informed of the reasons. You may only request a reconsideration of the refusal decision if you can show that your original supporting documents met the eligibility criteria and Matrix score. A request for reconsideration must be in writing. Additional documentation will not be accepted.

Applying for the ACT nominated skilled migration visa

Once the visa invitation is issued by Home affairs, you must lodge the visa application within 60 days. If the visa application is not lodged with Home Affairs within 60 days, the offer of ACT nomination will expire. This timeframe will not be extended.

Please note: If your application for an ACT nominated visa is refused by Home Affairs, the ACT Government will not, under any circumstances, appeal to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on your behalf.

Nomination obligations – living in Canberra

As part of your application for ACT nomination, you signed a declaration agreeing that ACT nomination is exclusive to the ACT and is NOT transferable to any other state or territory in Australia.

The ACT Government expects you to meet your obligations to live in Canberra for at least two years from the date of visa grant / permanent arrival in Australia. The ACT Government will inform Home Affairs if you do not make a genuine effort to meet your obligations to live in Canberra.

Notification of Home Affairs Visa Decision

You must inform us when your visa is granted, by email and attach a copy of the visa grant notification. If you are overseas, you must let us know your expected arrival date in Canberra.

Email: welcometocanberra@act.gov.au

Welcome to Canberra Settlement Service

The ACT Skilled Migration team provides a free settlement service to help ACT-nominated overseas migrants settle in Canberra. The Welcome to Canberra team will:

  • Provide information and advice while you are waiting for your visa, and, if you have questions about living in Canberra, refer you to the relevant websites;
  • Follow up with a phone call or email eight weeks after you have arrived in Canberra.

For more information email: welcometocanberra@act.gov.au

Monitoring Program

As part of your signed nomination obligations you have agreed to:

  • Live and work in Canberra for at least two years from visa grant/arrival in Australia
  • Complete settlement surveys at 6, 12, 18 and 24 months after arrival
  • Inform us of any change to your contact details for two years after visa grant/arrival.

 

Disclaimer

The Australian Migration Programme does not guarantee a migration outcome for any temporary resident / international student in Australia. Neither is ACT nomination guaranteed for ACT residents who may be eligible for nomination. The demand for ACT nomination may exceed the Home Affairs allocation of nomination places; and many candidates may not rank highly enough to be selected and invited to apply for nomination.

The ACT Government and its employees are not liable for any inaccuracies or omissions in the information provided to the applicant in the context of their application for ACT nomination. The ACT Government is not responsible for finding employment, accommodation or providing financial incentive or assistance to ACT nominated skilled visa holders or other migrants.

These guidelines are subject to change without notice at any time; and must be read in conjunction with the information on the Canberra Your Future website.

 

PART SIX – DOCUMENT CHECKLIST

Mandatory documents

All applications for ACT nomination must include the following supporting documents to evidence your eligibility and Matrix score claimed as at date of Matrix submission.

Once the application is lodged, additional documents will not be accepted or requested by the case officer.

  • Home Affairs SkillSelect EOI summary: showing personal, education, English and employment details submitted
  • Home Affairs SkillSelect points advice.
  • International Movement Record’ from the Department of Home Affairs (if applicable).
  • Current skill assessment in the nominated occupation (all pages of the assessment must be attached).
  • Passport bio-page.

·           Bank statements (Canberra residents only): must evidence your claimed date of arrival in Canberra. You must also provide a bank statement for each year claimed as a period of ACT residence; and from the date of Matrix submission until date of invitation.

  • Your bank statements must reflect that you were living and settled in Canberra. They must include your transaction history including regular shopping activity and bill payments. The bank statement must also evidence your claimed period of employment. Salary payments must be highlighted on the bank statement; and the corresponding payments recorded on the Summary of Working Hours (at Attachment C)

·           Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume: which clearly states personal details, educational qualifications and work experience.

·           Declaration of ACT nomination Obligations: a signed and witnessed declaration that you acknowledge and accept ACT nomination obligations (at Attachment A)

  • Summary of Working Hours (Canberra residents only): a clear record of the total hours worked, and net salary paid for each pay cycle in the claimed period of ACT employment at date of Matrix submission. The net salary must correspond with the bank statement. You must record every pay period: weekly (minimum 20 hrs), fortnightly (minimum 40 hrs), or monthly (minimum 86.6hrs) for the length of employment claimed. If you did not work in a particular period, you must leave that period blank.  Any period of unpaid personal leave must be evidenced by a valid medical certificate. If you are working for more than two employers in any claimed period, you can construct your own spreadsheet to clearly evidence the employment claims made (at Attachment C)
  • Summary of ACT residence (Canberra residents only): a clear record of your ACT residence and any period you were not living in Canberra for more than seven days at a time; including holidays interstate or overseas. (at Attachment D)

 

  • ACT employment (Canberra residents only):
  • Employees
  • All payslips or pay advice for the claimed period of ACT employment. If your income is consecutively paid into your bank account, you are only required to provide the first, mid and last payslips to evidence the claimed period of employment (if your bank statements evidence the regular net salary payments).
  • Employment contract or employer statement of service. The commencement date and period of employment must be specified.
  • Cash salary payments:
  • All payslips for the claimed period of ACT employment. If there are corresponding cash deposits of your net income into your bank account (for each pay period) you are only required to provide the first, mid and last payslips to evidence the claimed period of employment (as long as your bank statements evidence the regular salary payments).
  • Employment contract or employer statement of service.
  • ‘Pay As You Go (PAYG) payment summary – individual non-business’, to evidence annual salary for the relevant period. If you do not have the PAYG payment summary to evidence the payment of salary in cash, the claim for employment is unlikely to be accepted.
  • For self-employed only:
  • Australian Business Number (ABN); and
  • Evidence of work undertaken e.g. tax invoices; client schedules; work sheets; partner payment summaries; working hours log sheets etc.
  • Evidence of 12 months ACT business activity: Australian Tax Office (ATO) Pay as you go (PAYG) instalments for last 12 months.
  • Bank statements to evidence that your minimum income exceeds $500 per week (or $1000 per week if fulltime) for any claimed period of employment.

Please note: The ACT will not condone the employment of intending migrants where the terms and conditions of employment do not comply with Australian legislation; including compliance with the relevant Award or Agreement. In addition, Skills Canberra must be satisfied that you are working in a genuine position. If concerns are held that the position is not genuine, or there is evidence of significant churn of employees working in the same position for the same employer, the claim for employment points will not be accepted.

 

  • English:
  • Either a valid passport issued by the United Kingdom; Canada; New Zealand; United States of America; or Republic of Ireland (to evidence competent English only); OR
  • A valid English language test result accepted by Home Affairs evidencing the claimed level of English ability.
  • Spouse/partner (if applicable):
  • Passport bio-data page.
  • Evidence of relationship: marriage certificate, civil partnership/union registration, or VEVO secondary applicant status for yourself or spouse/partner.
  • Canberra residents only:
    • Evidence of ACT residence immediately before date of matrix submission;
    • Summary of ACT residence (at Attachment D).
    • Bank statements to evidence the minimum period of ACT residence; and up to the date of invitation.
    • One of the following: phone account; utility account; electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE); employment payslips; credit/store card statement.
    • If your spouse is not living in Canberra, provide evidence that they are living overseas.
  • Commitment statement: In no more than two pages, explain in your own words why you want to live in Canberra for at least two years from visa grant/permanent arrival.
  • Current Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO). Attach a copy of the visa grant notification for the last substantive visa held for main applicant; and partner/spouse if applicable.
  • Financial capacity:
  • For Canberra residents – while you are not required to provide evidence of your financial capacity, you must declare your assets available for settlement when completing the online application.

Service fee: A$300

A non-refundable service fee is charged for processing applications for ACT nomination. The service fee is an administration charge only and does not guarantee the approval of a nomination. The service fee of $300 may be paid by one of the following options:

·           Credit Card – ‘pay now’ or ‘pay later’.

Select ‘pay now’ on the online application.

Select ‘pay later’ and access ‘Pay an ACT Government Account’

·           Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) – pay later

Westpac Bank – City Walk, Canberra, 2600
Account name: ‘EDD Operating Account’
BSB: 032-777

Account Number: 000145
Reference: Application reference number

Email the EFT receipt and a copy of the ‘payment pending’ email to: migrationservices@act.gov.au

 

Additional documents to evidence the Matrix score claimed

The following documents must be attached to must evidence your Matrix claims as at date of Matrix submission. Once the application is lodged, additional documents will not be accepted or requested by the case officer.

  • ACT employment – Skill Level
    • A Statutory Declaration from your ACT employer confirming your position title, duties, salary and commencement date (at Attachment E).
  • Partner/spouse employment (Canberra residents only):
    • Summary of Working Hours: a clear record of the total hours worked, and net salary paid for each pay cycle in the thirteen weeks immediately before date of Matrix submission. (at Attachment C)
    • Minimum competent level English: current English test result, Australian passport or valid passport as defined by Home Affairs.
    • Bank statement to evidence claimed period of employment; with salary payments highlighted.
    • A Statutory Declaration from their employer confirming the position, duties, salary and commencement date (at Attachment E).
    • Employment contract/statement of service; and first, middle and last pay slips for claimed period of employment.
    • Skill assessment relevant to current occupation (if applicable).
    • If not working, academic transcript and completion letter from the tertiary institution to evidence three years full time study.
  • Tertiary qualification (if applicable)
    • Academic Transcript – record of your enrolment history, including results received, courses attempted, and awards conferred.
    • Letter of course completion from tertiary institution.
  • Period of completed ACT study (if applicable)
    • Academic Transcript from ACT institution- record of your enrolment history, including results received, courses attempted, and awards conferred.
    • Letter of course completion from ACT tertiary institution.
  • Close family members living in Canberra
  • Evidence of the close familial relationship with the Canberra resident:
    • Spouse/partner: marriage certificate, civil partnership/union registration; or
    • Birth certificates to evidence the familial relationship between you and the ACT family member.
  • From your Canberra relative:
    • Evidence of two years ACT residence: bank statements, rates notice, utilities bill or PAYG summary; and
    • Evidence of Australian citizenship or residency.

                   Please note: Statutory Declarations will NOT be accepted as evidence of relationship.

  • ACT assets
  • Residential or commercial property: Certificate of Title; purchase settlement statement; evidence of minimum $250,000 cash investment; letter of mortgage approval (if applicable).
  • Majority business ownership: ABN; ASIC Business Name Summary; evidence of minimum $200,000 turnover in one of the last two years; Business Activity Statements (BAS) for the last two years.
  • Evidence of $200,000 investment in a start‑up ACT business, and description of ACT business activity.

Attaching documents to your application

Supporting documents must be attached in one of the following supported formats to be accepted (MS word, Excel, JPG, GIF, TIF, Acrobat PDF).

Maximum file size for each document is 10 Megabytes (10 MB)

Only one document can be attached per field. Documents already uploaded will be overwritten by trying to attach a second document in the same field.  If you wish to attach additional supporting documents against a criterion, please use the ‘Additional Supporting Documents’ screen.

ATTACHMENTS

Attachment A – Nomination obligations

Attachment B – Financial declaration (overseas applicants only) – Not included

Attachment C – Summary of working hours (Canberra residents only)

Attachment D – Summary of ACT residence

Attachment E – Statutory Declaration from ACT employer

Attachment A

Nomination Obligations to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

I (name)………………………………………………………………………………. (DOB)….…/..…../.……

of (address)……………………………………………………………………………………………………………

do solemnly and sincerely declare that:

  • The information contained in my application for ACT nomination of a Skilled Migration visa is true and accurate.
  • I have read and understand my obligations in relation to ACT residence as provided in the ACT Nomination Guidelines, and my commitment to reside permanently in Canberra is ongoing and genuine.
  • (For applicants who are Canberra residents): I agree to reside in Canberra during the ACT nomination and visa application process.
    • I understand that the ACT Government reserves its right to withdraw ACT nomination if, at any time until the visa is granted, they are satisfied that I do not have a genuine commitment to reside in Canberra.
    • If the ACT nominated skilled migration visa is approved, I agree to reside in Canberra for at least two years from date of visa grant.
  • (For applicants who are overseas): I have researched relevant employment opportunities in Canberra and am satisfied that there are sufficient employment opportunities in my nominated occupation relevant to my skill set and experience in Canberra. I am aware that Australian labour market conditions may vary significantly as the employment market fluctuates at different times of the year; and from year to year. I understand that I need to be realistic about employment expectations as it can take, on average, six months to secure employment. I understand that I will compete for employment vacancies with all people in the labour market as part of a normal selection process.
    • If the ACT nominated skilled migration visa is approved, I agree to reside in the ACT for at least two years following the date of my permanent arrival in Australia.
  • I will inform the ACT Skilled Migration team when the visa application is decided by Home Affairs and, if travelling from overseas, my expected arrival date in Canberra.
  • I agree that ACT nomination is exclusive to the ACT and is NOT transferable to any other Australian state or territory. I understand that the ACT Government will inform the Department of Home Affairs if I do not make a genuine effort to reside in Canberra for at least two years from date of visa grant / permanent arrival.
  • I understand that the ACT will monitor my settlement in Canberra for two years from date of visa grant / permanent arrival and I agree to complete the six monthly settlement surveys for the first two years.
  • I have access to enough financial resources to support myself (and any dependents) while securing employment in Canberra if my visa application is successful.
  • I understand that the ACT Government is not responsible for finding employment, accommodation or providing a financial incentive to ACT nominated skilled migrants.
  • I understand that the ACT Government or employees of the ACT Government are not liable for any inaccuracies or omissions in the information provided to the applicant in the context of their application for ACT nomination.

The information you provide with your application is collected by Skills Canberra, Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development, a Directorate of the ACT Government and will be used to assess your application for an ACT nomination. For details on the collection of personal information please refer to the Canberra Create Your Future privacy notice. Information you provide in the settlement surveys will be used to monitor your settlement if you are a successful applicant. Depersonalised settlement information may be used to compile statistical reports for ACT Government internal reporting and may be published in media releases. Any information submitted by you in and/or with your application and in the settlement surveys which contains personal information will be stored, used and disclosed in accordance with the requirements of the Information Privacy Act 2014.

 

Signature of applicant: ……………………………………..…………..                         Date: ……./..…./…….

Name of Witness ………………………………………………………….

Signature of witness: ………………………………………………….…..                         Date……./……./……..

 

 

Attachment C

SUMMARY OF WORKING HOURS

 

Name: ………………………………………………………………………………. (main applicant/spouse)                                                                       

 

Date Matrix submitted: ……/……/……

You must record your employer, occupation and every pay cycle (weekly, fortnight or monthly) for the length of

employment claimed.  If you did not work, you must leave that pay cycle blank. Any period of

unpaid personal leave must be evidenced by a valid medical certificate. If you are working for more than two

employers in any claimed period, you can construct your own spreadsheet.

If the case officer is not satisfied that your ‘summary’ clearly records the total hours worked for each pay period,

your claims against the employment criteria will not be accepted. 

 

  Employer:

 

Occupation:

Employer:

 

Occupation:

Total

Hours

worked

Pay Period Hours Net salary Pay date Hours Net salary Pay date
 

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Attachment D

SUMMARY OF ACT RESIDENCE

 

Name: ………………………………………………………………………………. (main applicant / spouse)                                                                       

 

Date Matrix submitted: ……/……/……

Date of arrival in Canberra:

 

……/……/……

 

 

 

What period of ACT residence are you claiming (in the last eight years) at date of Matrix submission?

 

Visit to Canberra         

 

Less than one year      

 

One to two years        

 

Two to three years  

 

Three to four years

 

Four to five years

 

Five years plus

 

 

You must record any time that you spent away from Canberra (for seven days or more) for each year of residence claimed.  You may travel interstate for a maximum of six weeks in any year without it affecting your claim for a year of residence. The year counts back from date of Matrix submission.

You can study interstate for one or two days a week. However, if you study interstate for more than two days a week, you will not be considered an ACT resident for that period. If you worked interstate, you cannot claim ACT residence for that period.

 

Bank statements: Your bank statements must evidence your claimed date of arrival in Canberra. You must also provide a bank statement (with salary payments highlighted) for each year of residence claimed at date of matrix submission; and until date of invitation to apply for ACT nomination. You must highlight any period you spent away from Canberra for seven days or more. 

 

 

 

YEAR ONE

(the year before date of

matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate Overseas
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YEAR TWO

 

(two years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Two: ………
 

YEAR THREE

 

(three years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Three ………
 

YEAR FOUR

 

(four years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

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Interstate Overseas
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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Four: ………
 

YEAR FIVE

 

(five years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Five: ………

 

 

 

YEAR SIX

 

(six years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate  
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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Six: ………
 

YEAR SEVEN

 

(seven years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate Overseas
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Total number of weeks away from Canberra in Year Seven: ………
 

YEAR EIGHT

 

(eight years before date

 of matrix submission)

 

Time away from Canberra for 7 days or more – duration dates Number of weeks away from Canberra
Interstate Overseas
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Commonwealth of Australia

STATUTORY DECLARATION

Statutory Declarations Act 1959

1  Insert the name, address and occupation of person making the declaration I,1

 

make the following declaration under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959:

2  Set out matter declared to in numbered paragraphs 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I understand that a person who intentionally makes a false statement in a statutory declaration is guilty of an offence under section 11 of the Statutory Declarations Act 1959, and I believe that the statements in this declaration are true in every particular.

 

3  Signature of person making the declaration

 

4  [Optional: email address and/or telephone number of person making the declaration]

3

 

4

5  Place

6  Day

7  Month and year

Declared at 5                                            on 6                             of 7

Before me,

8  Signature of person before whom the declaration is made (see over) 8

 

9  Full name, qualification and address of person before whom the declaration is made (in printed letters)

10 [Optional: email address and/or telephone number of person before whom the declaration is made

 

9

 

 

10

 

 

Source: http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/workspace/uploads/documents/act-nomination-guidelines-august-2020.pdf

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ACT Critical Skills List

ACT Critical Skills List August 2020

ACT Critical Skills List August 2020

 

The ACT Critical list has been updated on 11 Jan 2021. Click here to check the updated ACT Critical list

 

The ACT Critical Skills List is used to determine the eligibility for ACT nomination of the following programs:

• Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) subclass 491 visa.

• Skilled Nominated (Permanent) subclass 190 visa.

The Australian Government’s priority for migration in 2020-21 is supporting Australia’s economic and public health response to, and recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes an emphasis on migrants who will make productive investments in Australia, create jobs for Australians, provide critical health and medical skills, and support economic productivity.

Under the Territory Migration Agreement, the ACT is allocated a fixed number of nominations each year. The Australian Government has directed that the nominations provided to states and territories are to focus on applicants critical to supporting the COVID-19 response. This includes individuals providing critical or specialist medical services, those with critical skills required to maintain the supply of essential goods and services, and people who deliver services in sectors critical to Australia’s economic recovery.

New guidelines for ACT 491/190 is available here.

Cap on Occupations

The number of ACT nomination places may be capped for each occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List. Invitations may not be issued when the monthly cap for an occupation is reached.

 

ACT CRITICAL SKILLS LIST

26 August 2020

ANZSCO MAJOR Group Nomination places available each month ANZSCO Nominated Occupation
1311 

 

 

Less than 5 places 

 

131112 Sales & Marketing Manager
131113 Advertising Manager
131114 Public Relations Manager
1322 Less than 5 places 132211 Finance Manager
1331 Less than 15 places 133111 Construction Project Manager
1351 Less than 5 places 135112 ICT Project Manager
    135199 ICT Managers (nec)
1499 Less than 5 places 149913 Facilities Manager
 

2124 

 

 

 

Less than 5 places

 

212411 Copywriter
212412 Newspaper or Periodical Editor
212413 Print Journalist
212415 Technical Writer
212416 Television Journalist
212499 Journalist & other writers (nec)
 

2211 

 

 

Less than 10 places

 

221111 Accountant (General)
221112 Management Accountant
221113 Taxation Accountant
2223 Less than 5 places 222311 Financial Investment Adviser
    222312 Financial Investment Manager
2231 Less than 5 places 223112 Recruitment Consultant
2247 Less than 5 places 224711 Management Consultant
    224712 Organisation & Methods Analyst
2251 Less than 5 places 225111 Advertising Specialist
    225113 Marketing Specialist
2253 Less than 5 places 225311 Public Relations Professional

 

 

2321 Less than 5 places 232111 Architect
    232112 Landscape Architect
232411 Graphic Designer
2324  Less than 5 places 232412 Illustrator
    232414 Web Designer
 

 

2332 

 

 

 

 

Less than 5 places

 

 

233211 Civil Engineer
233212 Geotechnical Engineer
233213 Quantity Surveyor
233214 Structural Engineer
233215 Transport Engineer
2339    Less than 5 places 233913 Biomedical Engineer
2411 Less than 5 places 241111 Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher
2524 Less than 5 places 252411 Occupational Therapist
2531 Less than 5 places 253111 General Practitioner
    253112 Resident Medical Officer
    254411 Nurse Practitioner
  254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  254413 Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health)
  254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health)
  254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emer.)
2544 Less than 10 places 254416 Registered Nurse (Develop. Disability)
  254417 Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehab.)
  254418 Registered Nurse (Medical)
  254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
  254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative)
  254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical)
  254425 Registered Nurse (Paediatrics)
  254499 Registered Nurses (nec)

 

 

2611 Less than 20 places 261111 ICT Business Analyst
    261112 Systems Analyst
    261311 Analyst Programmer
    261312 Developer Programmer
2613  Less than 40 places 261313 Software Engineer
  261314 Software Tester
    261399 Software and Applications Prog. nec
262111 Database Administrator
2621  Less than 10 places 262112 ICT Security Specialist
    262113 Systems Administrator
263111 Computer Network & Systems Engineer
 2631 Less than 5 places  263112 Network Administrator
    263113 Network Analyst
263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer
 2632 Less than 10 places 263212 ICT Support Engineer
  263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer
    263299 ICT Support and Test Engineers (nec)
2713 Less than 5 places 271311 Solicitor
272311 Clinical Psychologist
  272312 Educational Psychologist
 2723 Less than 5 places 272313 Organisational Psychologist
  272314 Psychotherapist
    272399 Psychologist (nec)
2724 Less than 5 places 272412 Interpreter
    272499 Social Professionals (nec)
2725 Less than 5 places 272511 Social Worker
2726 Less than 5 places 272612 Recreation Officer
    272613 Welfare Worker

 

 

Source: http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/portal/migrating/article/act-critical-skill-list/

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occupation ceilings 2020-2021

Occupation Ceilings 2020-2021

 

Occupation ceilings 2020/2021

The table below shows the occupation ceilings 2020-2021 program year for each occupation on the list of eligible skilled occupations by four-digit ANZSCO code unit group.

​An ‘occupation ceiling’ may be applied to invitations issued under the independent, skilled regional (provisional) visas. This means there will be a limit on how many EOIs can be invited for skilled migration from an occupation group. This ensures that the skilled migration program is not dominated by a small number of occupations. Once this limit is reached, no further invitations for that particular occupation group will be issued for that program year. Invitations will then be allocated to intending migrants in other occupation groups even if they are lower ranking.

Occupation ceiling values are based on a percentage of stock employment figures for each occupation. Employment figures are provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and represent the number of people employed in Australia in each occupation.

Occupation ceilings 2020-2021 do not apply to State or Territory Nominated, Employer Sponsored or Business Innovation and Investment visa subclasses.

Occupation ceilings 2020-2021 program year:

Occupation ID Description Occupation Ceiling Value 2020-21 Invitations to 14/07/2020
1331 Construction Managers 7,145 0
1332 Engineering Managers 1,474 0
1341 Child Care Centre Managers 1,000 0
1342 Health and Welfare Services Managers 1,666 0
1399 Other Specialist Managers 4,188 0
2111 Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers 1,000 0
2112 Music Professionals 1,000 0
2121 Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters 1,000 0
2211 Accountants* 1,000 0
2212 Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers* 1,619 0
2241 Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 1,000 0
2243 Economists 1,000 0
2245 Land Economists and Valuers 1,000 0
2247 Management consultant 4,526 0
2321 Architects and Landscape Architects 1,452 0
2322 Cartographers and Surveyors 1,000 0
2331 Chemical and Materials Engineers 1,000 65
2332 Civil Engineering Professionals 3,919 141
2333 Electrical Engineers 1,348 98
2334 Electronics Engineers* 1,000 <20
2335 Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers* 2,682 48
2336 Mining Engineers 1,000 20
2339 Other Engineering Professionals* 1,000 <20
2341 Agricultural and Forestry Scientists 1,000 <20
2342 Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists 1,000 <20
2343 Environmental Scientists 1,295 0
2344 Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists 1,000 0
2345 Life Scientists 1,000 <20
2346 Medical Laboratory Scientists 1,536 0
2347 Veterinarians 1,000 0
2349 Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 1,056 0
2411 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 3,321 0
2414 Secondary School Teachers 8,716 0
2415 Special Education Teachers 1,721 0
2421 University Lecturers and Tutors 5,042 0
2512 Medical Imaging Professionals 1,161 <20
2514 Optometrists and Orthoptists 1,000 0
2519 Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals 1,000 0
2521 Chiropractors and Osteopaths 1,000 0
2524 Occupational Therapists 1,461 <20
2525 Physiotherapists 1,685 <20
2526 Podiatrists 1,000 0
2527 Speech Professionals and Audiologists 1,000 0
2531 General Practitioners and Resident Medical officers 4,257 <20
2533 Internal Medicine Specialists 1,000 <20
2534 Psychiatrists 1,000 0
2535 Surgeons 1,000 0
2539 Other Medical Practitioners 1,168 <20
2541 Midwives 1,333 <20
2544 Registered Nurses 17,859 40
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analysts* 2,273 0
2612 Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers 1,000 0
2613 Software and Applications Programmers* 8,405 0
2621 Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists 2,667 0
2631 Computer Network Professionals* 2,245 0
2633 Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 1,000 76
2711 Barristers 1,000 0
2713 Solicitors 4,535 0
2723 Psychologists 1,545 <20
2725 Social Workers 1,862 0
3122 Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000 <20
3123 Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 1,000 <20
3132 Telecommunications Technical Specialists 1,000 <20
3211 Automotive Electricians 1,000 0
3212 Motor Mechanics 5,205 0
3222 Sheetmetal Trades Workers 1,000 0
3223 Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 4,866 0
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists 6,335 0
3233 Precision Metal Trades Workers 1,000 0
3241 Panelbeaters 1,000 0
3311 Bricklayers and Stonemasons 1,712 0
3312 Carpenters and Joiners 6,812 0
3322 Painting Trades Workers 3,303 0
3331 Glaziers 1,000 0
3332 Plasterers 1,452 0
3334 Wall and Floor Tilers 1,000 0
3341 Plumbers 5,861 0
3411 Electricians 8,021 0
3421 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 1,581 0
3422 Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 1,000 0
3423 Electronics Trades Workers 2,047 0
3513 Chefs 2,256 0
3611 Animal Attendants and Trainers 1,239 0
3941 Cabinetmakers 1,694 0
3991 Boat Builders and Shipwrights 1,000 0
4523 Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 1,262 0
4524 Sportspersons 1,000 0

*Occupations that are subject to pro rata arrangements. For Accountants (2211) the occupational ceiling also reflects volumes in other skilled visa categories.

 

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/occupation-ceilings

Disclaimer: The above set criteria and details about The eligibility of 485 PSW Visa have been copied from https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/working-in-australia/skillselect/occupation-ceilings ‘as is’ and no alterations have been madeThe document is provided for general information purposes only. Your use of any of this information is at your own risk, and you should not use any of this information without first seeking legal and other professional advice. The provision of this document (and the documents themselves) do not constitute legal advice or opinions of any kind, or any advertising or solicitation. No lawyer-client, advisory, fiduciary or other relationship is created between VIVID EDUCATION and any person accessing or otherwise using any of the information. Vivid Education and its affiliates (and any of their respective directors, officers, agents, contractors, interns, suppliers, and employees) will not be liable for any damages, losses, or causes of action of any nature arising from any use of any of this information.

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Northern territory subclass 491 & 190 nomination Guidelines

Eligibility

Northern territory Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa and Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa

Minimum requirements

To migrate to Australia under a skilled visa, you and your dependant family members on the application must satisfy the Department of Home Affairs requirements.

A summary of key minimum requirements are:

Age

You must be under aged 45 years at the time of nomination.

Skills assessments

You will need a full skills assessment from a relevant Australian skills assessment and assessing authority, for the skilled occupation that you have nominated.

A skills assessment is an independent assessment of whether you have the skills and / or experience to undertake an occupation in Australia. For information about which skills assessment body provides an assessment for your occupation, go to the Department of Home Affairs website.

English

The minimum English language requirement is an outcome of competent unless otherwise specified by assessing / licensing or registration body or on the Northern Territory (NT) Migration Occupation List. Competent means the equivalent of at least IELTS 6.0 in each band level.

NT Government accepts all English tests approved by the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs.

For a list of language tests accepted and the comparison of test scores go to the Department of Home Affairs website.

Points test

Meet the skilled migration points test of 65 or higher.

In addition to the above, you must also meet the Northern Territory (NT) Government requirements.

These requirements can be changed at any time by the NT Government. NT nominations are issued at the discretion of the NT Government, and meeting these requirements does not guarantee a nomination.

If you already live in Australia

The Northern Territory (NT) Government grants nominations under the subclass 491 and 190 visas for individuals who meet the visa eligibility criteria set by the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs and can demonstrate strong employment outcomes in the NT and a long-term commitment to the NT workforce.

The NT Government considers a range of factors to inform decisions on applications for nomination. The following guidelines are intended to assist potential applicants, and are subject to change at the discretion of the NT Government. Each application will be assessed on its own merits. NT nominations are issued at the discretion of the NT Government, and meeting these guidelines do not guarantee a nomination.

Specific guidelines are provided for applicants in the following categories:

Eligible NT graduates

International student graduates who have studied in the NT will be eligible for a subclass 190 nomination if you have:

  • successfully completed one or more qualifications after studying in the NT, at an NT-based institution for two years in a single tertiary course or a set of nested tertiary courses, and
  • lived in the NT for a period of at least six continuous months immediately after the date of completion* of your last qualification, while holding a visa that allows full-time work (this requirement does not apply to students who completed all course requirements in semester one 2020 and produce a letter of completion dated prior to 1 August 2020), and
  • demonstrated genuine and sustained efforts to obtain employment** from an NT employer in your nominated occupation or a closely related skilled occupation.

 

International student graduates who are unable to live in the NT for six months after completing two years of study in the NT will only be considered for a subclass 491 nomination. You must provide evidence of making genuine efforts to obtain employment** from an NT employer in their nominated occupation or a closely related skilled occupation.

You will be expected to demonstrate genuine efforts and progress towards being employed in the NT in your nominated occupation both during and after your studies. These applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

* Date of completion is the date on which you were notified that you have met all academic course requirements. This is the date when the final exam results or notice of course completion were available or published.

** Genuine and sustained efforts to obtain employment can be demonstrated through evidence of a number of applications made over a period of time for jobs in relevant occupations in the NT, and other supporting evidence such as membership in relevant professional associations, or positive feedback from industry contacts in the NT.

 

Please note the following general information:

  • if you or any of your migrating dependants are currently living interstate, you will not be eligible for the Northern Territory (NT) nomination
  • if you or any of your migrating dependants are currently on a student visa and are currently studying in an NT institution, you will not be eligible for NT nomination
  • if you have already been nominated for a subclass 489 or 491 visa by the NT, you will not be eligible for a subclass 190 nomination.

If you apply from outside Australia

If you are currently living outside Australia, you will generally only be offered a subclass 491 nomination.

Offshore applicants must have been employed in their nominated occupation for at least 12 months out of the last 24 months prior to your application, or have relevant Australian qualifications.

Offshore applicants must have an offer of full-time relevant employment in the NT, if the NT Migration Occupation List requires it.

For documents required view how to apply.

Please note, that the NT has limited places for nomination, which means that applications must be of a very high standard to be nominated. Meeting the above requirements does not guarantee a nomination.

Commitment to the NT

Accepting a nomination from Australia’s NT Government means that you are agreeing to the following conditions:

  • live and work in the NT in your skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation for at least three years from visa grant
  • let the NT Government know the status of your visa application – you need to do this when your visa is granted and when you arrive
  • regularly provide your current contact details to the NT Government
  • participate in surveys conducted by the NT Government.

Other NT residents

An NT resident applicant includes those on temporary visas with work rights, currently residing in the NT.

NT resident applicants will be eligible for a subclass 190 nomination if you:

  • demonstrate that you have been residing in the NT for at least two consecutive years immediately prior to application
  • demonstrate that none of your migrating dependants are residing in another part of Australia, and
  • demonstrate full-time employment in the NT in an eligible occupation continuously for at least two years immediately prior to applying for NT nomination and demonstrate the employment is available for at least a further 12 months.

 

NT resident applicants will be considered for a subclass 491 nomination if you meet the following requirements:

  • applicants who started living in the NT prior to 1 July 2020, must:
    • demonstrate that you have been residing in the NT for at least six consecutive months immediately prior to application
    • demonstrate that none of your migrating dependants are residing in another part of Australia, and
    • demonstrate full-time employment in the NT in an eligible occupation for at least six consecutive months immediately prior to applying for NT nomination and demonstrate the employment is available for at least a further 12 months.
  • applicants who start living in the NT on or after 1 July 2020, must:
    • demonstrate that you have been residing in the NT for at least 12 consecutive months
    • demonstrate that none of your migrating dependants are residing in another part of Australia, and
    • demonstrate full-time employment in the NT in an eligible occupation for at least six consecutive months immediately prior to applying for NT nomination and demonstrate that the employment is available for at least a further 12 months.

 

An eligible occupation for this purpose is:

  • the occupation identified in the skills assessment (nominated occupation), or
  • an occupation that is related to the nominated occupation. In order to be related to the nominated occupation, the majority of time in the position must be spent on tasks that align with the skills and knowledge required to undertake the nominated occupation.

 

The employment must also meet the following additional requirements:

  • the position must be based in the NT, and the employer must have a record of trading in the NT for at least 12 months
  • positions that are based at serviced office spaces or involve hot-desking arrangements will generally not be considered favourably
  • you must be paid at market salary.

 

Applicants who have not been employed in an eligible occupation will generally not qualify for NT nomination.

Applicants who have been employed on a full-time basis for at least six consecutive months in an occupation that is not an eligible occupation may qualify for a subclass 491 nomination on an exceptional and case by case basis if you are able to demonstrate the following:

  • the employer has made genuine efforts to recruit locally and the position cannot be filled by an Australian citizen or permanent resident – at a minimum, evidence should include copies of advertisements placed, and a statement from the employer detailing the number of applicants and reasons as to why no Australian citizens or permanent residents have not been recruited
  • there is a genuine need for the position in the business – at a minimum, evidence should include a detailed statement from the employer explaining the need for the position and how the vacancy arose
  • you have made genuine and sustained efforts to obtain employment in your nominated occupation or a related occupation in the NT – at a minimum, evidence must include copies / screenshots of applications made for relevant jobs and any feedback received.

 

Applicants who are on a Temporary Work (Skilled)(subclass 457) or Temporary Skill Shortage visa (subclass 482) must provide a letter of support from your current subclass 457 or subclass 482 sponsoring business stating that they:

  • support your visa application
  • understand that you will not be tied to their business once the subclass 491 / subclass 190 visa is granted.

 

The NT Government may contact your employer. There may be circumstances where the need for support from your current employer can be waived.

 

 

If you are offered an NT Government nomination, a declaration form will be issued which will outline these obligations and you will be required to acknowledge, sign, and return.

Migration NT considers a number of factors in assessing commitment to the NT, including:

  • length of residency in the NT
  • previous travel to the NT
  • connections to the NT (for example, close family members being long-term residents of the NT).

 

Occupation

You must have a skilled occupation that is on the Australian Government’s current list of eligible skilled occupations.

The Northern Territory Migration Occupation List (NTMOL) provides an indication as to which of the eligible skilled occupations are in demand in the NT. Offshore applicants must read the NTMOL to determine their eligibility.

 

Employability

You must provide strong evidence of good employment prospects in the NT either in your skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation.

You can show you have good employment prospects by providing:

  • an offer of employment letter from an NT employer
  • a statement describing how your skills and experience meet NT employer needs
  • evidence that your occupation has been advertised in the NT multiple times and detailed explanations of how your qualifications and experience match the job vacancies
  • evidence of positive feedback from potential NT employers.

 

Please see specific information on the required evidence on employability for onshore and offshore applicants.

 

Financial capacity (for applicants outside the NT)

You must provide a list of all your financial assets in Australian dollars. You must provide verifiable documents evidence of those assets. For example, clear colour copies of bank statements, share certificates, property valuations and jewellery evaluations.

The table below gives you detail on the assets you need and the summary you have to provide.

Family composition Minimum value of net assets
Individual applicant AU$35 000
Applicant and spouse AU$50 000
Applicant and spouse plus one child AU$60 000
Applicant and spouse plus two children AU$65 000

 

How to submit your Northern Territory nomination application

All applications and supporting documents must be submitted in the Northern Territory (NT) Government online application system.

Documents you must provide

All applications must provide the following documents:

  • a clear colour copy of your skills assessment from the relevant Australian skills assessment and assessing authority, for the skilled occupation you have nominated
  • a detailed current curriculum vitae or resume
  • clear colour copies of your letters of completion, academic transcripts and certificates of qualifications
  • clear colour copies of your identity page of your passport and all dependent family members included in your application
  • evidence of your visa, if you are in Australia or have previously worked or studied in Australia
  • where required, verifiable evidence of your English proficiency – the NT Government accepts all English tests approved by Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs. If you have undertaken a PTE Academic test, please ensure that you provide in your application the score report code.
  • if you are claiming points for your partner’s skills, a clear colour copy of your partner’s skills assessment
  • if you are claiming points for your partner’s English level, verifiable evidence of their English proficiency
  • a written letter about your commitment to the NTwhich needs to include:
    1. your commitment to living and working in your skilled occupation or a closely related skilled occupation in the NT for at least three years from when the visa is granted
    2. why you want to live in the NT
    3. how the NT lifestyle would suit your way of life more than that of any other city in Australia, and
    4. be no longer than two pages.

You may need to provide additional documents

If you are living in the NT you must provide:

  • bank statements for the 12 months immediately before your application that clearly shows your day-to-day spending in the NT as evidence you have been living in the NT, and
  • payslips for six months from a NT employer – this is not required for NT graduates*
  • for NT graduates – evidence of making genuine and sustained efforts to obtain employment in your skilled occupation in the NT; must include copies or screenshots of job applications, membership in professional associations in the NT, contact with NT employers and other supporting evidence, such as positive feedback from industry contacts in the NT
  • evidence of residency in the NT for you and your migrating dependants for the required period, for example, tenancy agreements, utility bills.

*Please also read important information if you already live in Australia.

If you are currently living outside Australia (overseas), you must provide:

  • verifiable evidence of full-time employment in your nominated occupation for at least 12 months out of the last 24 months or evidence that you have Australian qualifications, prior to your nomination application to MigrationNT
  • evidence that you have researched into living and working in the NT showing that you understand the climate, relocation costs and living expenses (websites copied and pasted into your submission will not be not accepted)
  • when required, evidence of a full-time (at least 35 hours per week) employment offer in your nominated occupation or in a closely related skilled occupation
    • the term of employment must be for at least 12 months
    • you should provide a copy of your offer letter or contract and this must include details of your employer, their address, phone number and Australian business number
    • this offer will be verified with the business
  • evidence of job applications to relevant vacancies in the NT
  • evidence of making contact with relevant NT employers and receiving positive feedback on your employability (auto-generated responses from job websites and employer HR departments are insufficient)
  • a statement describing your understanding of the NT employment market for your occupation / industry and how your skills and experience are in line with NT employer needs (a generic statement is insufficient on its own)
  • evidence of strong connections to the NT, for example, signed letters of support from long-term residents in the NT detailing their willingness and ability to support you
  • evidence of your financial capacity to move, settle and live in Australia, as listed below:
Family composition Minimum value of net assets
Individual applicant AU$35 000
Applicant and spouse AU$50 000
Applicant and spouse plus one child AU$60 000
Applicant and spouse plus two children AU$65 000
    • you must provide a summary sheet showing the values in Australian dollars
    • you must provide verifiable documented evidence that you have access to or ownership of the required amount of net assets
    • assets can include cash; residential and commercial property; and personal property such as gold, jewellery, vehicles, etc
    • you must provide evidence of the value, for example, independent valuations and purchase receipts
    • medical insurance policies, fixed deposits, public provident funds and government savings scheme investments can be used however the maturity dates must be within a reasonable period, or alternatively the funds must be able to be withdrawn early
    • while offers of support from family members will be considered and will assist your application, you still need to evidence that you have sufficient financial capacity in your own right as outlined above.

Quality of documents

All documents submitted:

  • must be in English
  • documents in language other than English, must be accompanied by an official English language translation
  • must be in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word DOC / DOCX formats.

 

 

Source: https://theterritory.com.au/migrate/migrate-to-work/northern-territory-government-visa-nomination/eligibility#item-4

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