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.



26 August 2020

ANZSCO MAJOR Group Nomination places available each month ANZSCO Nominated Occupation



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





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)




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







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




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