ACT Occupation List

The ACT Occupation List defines the abilities presently in demand in Canberra (for skilled migration purposes). The ACT Occupancy List is used to determine the eligibility of the following programs for ACT assistance:

1. ACT Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) Visa appointment. By finishing the Canberra Matrix, you can express interest in the nomination of ACT 190 even if the nominated occupation is closed. However, in the nominated occupation category, only open occupations will help you to earn points.

2. Regional Certifying Body support of an Employer Nomination under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.

The ACT Occupancy List is not associated with particular work vacancies and is not a work guarantee in a nominated job. Before applying for an ACT nomination, you must be satisfied that there are enough job opportunities in your nominated occupation. As part of a standard selection process, you will compete for job vacancies with all individuals on the labor market.

While a significant assessment of occupational demand will usually be carried out twice a year (in February and August), the demand for each occupation will be continuously evaluated. The occupation will be closed without further notice once it is determined that the demand for an occupation has been met.

If your occupation is closed, you cannot claim Canberra Matrix points in the ‘Nominated Occupation’ category.

ANZSCO Occupation 2019-07-01 2020-01-01
131112 Sales & Marketing Manager Open Open
131113 Advertising Manager Open Open
131114 Public Relations Manager Closed Open
132511 Research and development manager ** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
133111 Construction Project Manager Closed Open
133211 Engineering Manager Closed Open
225311 Public Relations Professional Open Open
232111 Architect Open Open
232112 Landscape Architect Open Open
232411 Graphic Designer Open Open
232412 Illustrator Open Open
232414 Web Designer Open Open
232611 Urban & Regional Planner Open Closed
233211 Civil Engineer Open Open
233212 Geotechnical Engineer Open Open
233213 Quantity Surveyor Open Open
233214 Structural Engineer Open Open
233311 Electrical Engineer Closed Open
233411 Electronics Engineer Closed Open
233511 Industrial Engineer Closed Open
233512 Mechanical Engineer Closed Open
233513 Production or plant engineer Closed Open
233911 Aeronautical Engineer Open Open
233912 Agricultural Engineer Open Open
233913 Biomedical Engineer Open Open
233914 Engineering Technologist Open Open
233915 Environmental Engineer Open Open
233999 Engineering Professionals nec Open Open
233916 Naval Architect** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234111 Agricultural Consultant** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234112 Agricultural Scientist** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234211 Chemist ** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234312 Environmental Consultant ** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234313 Environmental Research Scientist ** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234399 Environmental Scientists nec ** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234411 Geologist ** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234412 Geophysicist ** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234413 Hydrogeologist ** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234511 Life Scientist (general) ** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234517 Microbiologist ** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234518 Zoologist ** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234599 life scientists (nec) ** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234513 Biochemist ** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234514 Biotechnologist ** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234515 Botanist** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234516 Marine Biologist** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234611 Medical Laboratory Scientist** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
234914 Physicist** Closed Only Open if caveat is met
234999 Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec** Closed Only Open if caveat is met
241111 Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher Open Closed
242111 University Lecturer ** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
251211 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer Open Open
251212 Medical Radiation Therapist Open Open
251213 Nuclear Medicine Technologist Open Open
251214 Sonographer Open Open
251511 Hospital Pharmacist ## Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
251512 Industrial Pharmacist ## Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
251513 Retail Pharmacist ## Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
252411 Occupational Therapist Open Open
252511 Physiotherapist Open Open
252711 Audiologist Open Open
252712 Speech Pathologist Open Open
253111 General Practitioner Open Open
253112 Resident Medical Officer Open Open
254111 Midwife Open Open
254311 Nurse Manager Open Open
254411 Nurse Practitioner Open Open
254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care) Open Open
254413 Registered Nurse (Child & Family Health) Open Open
254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health) Open Open
254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care & Emergency) Open Open
254416 Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) Open Open
254417 Registered Nurse (Disability & Rehabilitation) Open Open
254418 Registered Nurse (Medical) Open Open
254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) Open Open
254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health) Open Open
254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative) Open Open
254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical) Open Open
254425 Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) Open Open
254499 Registered Nurses (nec) Open Open
261111 ICT Business Analyst ** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
261112 Systems Analyst** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
261211 Multimedia Specialist Open Open
261212 Web Developer Open Open
261311 Analyst Programmer** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
261312 Developer Programmer** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
261313 Software Engineer** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
261314 Software Tester** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
261399 Software and Applications Prog.nec** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
262111 Database Administrator** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
262112 ICT Security Specialist** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
262113 Systems Administrator** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
263111 Computer Network & Systems Engineer** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
263112 Network Administrator** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
263113 Network Analyst** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
263211 ICT Quality Assurance Engineer** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
263212 ICT Support Engineer** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
263213 ICT Systems Test Engineer** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
263299 ICT Support and Test Engineers (nec)** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
263311 Telecommunications Engineer** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
263312 Telecommunications Network Engineer** Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
272111 Careers Counsellor Open Open
272112 Drug & Alcohol Counsellor Open Open
272113 Family & Marriage Counsellor Open Open
272114 Rehabilitation Counsellor Open Open
272115 Student Counsellor Open Open
272311 Clinical Psychologist Open Open
272312 Educational Psychologist Open Open
272313 Organisational Psychologist Open Open
272314 Psychotherapist Open Open
272399 Psychologists (nec) Open Open
272511 Social Worker Open Open
272612 Recreation Officer Open Open
272613 Welfare Worker Open Open
321211 Motor Mechanic (General) Open Open
321212 Diesel Motor Mechanic Open Open
321213 Motorcycle Mechanic Open Open
321214 Small Engine Mechanic Open Open
322311 Metal Fabricator Open Open
322313 Welder (First Class) Open Open
324111 Panel beater Open Open
331111 Bricklayer Open Open
331112 Stonemason Open Open
332211 Painting Trades Workers Open Open
333211 Fibrous Plasterer Open Open
333212 Solid Plasterer Open Open
334111 Plumber (General) ^^ Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
334112 Aircon. & Mechanical Services Plumber ^^ Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
334113 Drainer ^^ Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
334114 Gasfitter ^^ Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
334115 Roof Plumber ^^ Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
341111 Electrician (General) ^^ Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
341112 Electrician (Special Class) ^^ Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
341113 Lift Mechanic ^^ Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
342111 Air-con& Refrigeration Mechanic ^^ Only Open if caveat is met Only Open if caveat is met
391111 Hairdresser Open Open
394111 Cabinetmaker Open Open
411411 Enrolled Nurse Open Open

Canberra Resident: 491 nomination eligibility

The current ACT nomination eligibility criteria will apply to 491 nominations from
1 January 2020, including:

  • Minimum three months ACT residence 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.
  • Three months continuousemployment (minimum 20 hrs per week) immediately prior to matrix submission.

Canberra Resident: 190 nomination eligibility

New ACT nomination eligibility criteria will apply to 190 nominations from 1 January 2020, including:

  • Six months fulltime (minimum 35 hours pw) continuous paid employment in Canberra at date of matrix submission; AND 
  • Must meet one of the following three criterion:

1. Nominated occupation is open on the ACT Occupation List (don’t forget the caveats); or

2. Primary 457 / 482 visa holder sponsored by an ACT employer (at least 1 year visa validity at date of Matrix); or

3. Five years continuous ACT residence at date of Matrix submission.

Canberra resident eligibility criteria: changes in common to 190 and 491 nomination

  • Highly skilled employment- Skill Level category: minimum taxable income must be no less than $50,000 per annum; or $26 per hour (excluding casual loading) for part time / casual employment. Employer must be actively operating in the ACT for at least one
  • Matrix score claim – Skill level: skilled employment must be recorded on SkillSelect EOI.
  • Spouse employment: minimum competent English for ALL claims in this category; skill assessment required for working in open occupation claim.

Overseas applicants: 491 nomination

The current ACT nomination eligibility criteria will apply to 491 nominations from 1 January 2020.

Overseas applicants: 190 nomination

Your clients must meet one of the following two criterion:

1. A minimum one year ACT employment contract in an ‘open’ nominated occupation. The employment must be with an Australian medium to large enterprise (50 plus employees) located in the ACT; or an academic appointment at an ACT tertiary institution.

Or

2. At least five years previous ACT residence within the last eight years. The ACT residence must be continuous until the date of departure from Australia. The nominated occupation may be open or closed on the ACT occupation List.

Overseas applicant – changes in common to 191 and 491 criteria

Eligibility:

  • You must be overseas at date of Matrix submission and, if ranked and invited to apply for ACT nomination, you must be overseas at date of application for ACT nomination.

Matrix Category: Relevant work experience

  • Any claim for length of work experience must be evidenced with a current Skill Assessment with point’s advice showing dates of the relevant work experience assessed.
  • The work experience must also be recorded on the SkillSelect
  • 10 years continuous relevant work experience in the nominated occupation: 20 Matrix points
  • Spouse / partner employment: Skill assessment relevant to current ‘Open’ occupation (caveats may apply) is now mandatory.

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