Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

The Australian Capital Territory is located wholly within the state of New South Wales. The area of land that makes up the ACT (2,358 square km) was transferred to the Commonwealth by the state of New South Wales in 1911.


Canberra was named the National Capital in 1913 and is located is nearly 300km from Sydney and some 650km from Melbourne.  A planned city, Canberra is laid out around an artificial lake, Lake Burley Griffin. The Territory became self-governing in 1989. National government remains its main industry, but private sector employment has expanded and includes production of sophisticated scientific and communications equipment, and computer software.

Canberra has a population of 358,000 and stands around 1,900 feet (580 meters) above sea level, and highlands in the area reach 5,000 feet (1,500 meters). Canberra is Australia’s largest inland city and is a modern city with a cosmopolitan feel offering a clean environment, low crime rate and some of Australia’s best roads with hundreds of kilometres of bike paths. The city has many of Australia’s treasures housed in the National Art Gallery, National Museum, the National Library, the National Archives and many more.

Canberra is home to the Australian Public Service (APS) and is the biggest employer with over 20,000 people employed across a wide range of jobs. It is important to note, however, that employment with the APS will usually require Australian citizenship particularly where security clearance is required.Defence and security are among Canberra’s largest industry sectors and over 13,000 military and defence-civilian personnel are located in the capital region. The Department of Defence is based in Canberra along with the Royal Military College and Australian Defence Force Academy. Canberra’s ICT sector employs around 8,000 people and is made up of over 1,000 businesses ranging from multinationals down to micro businesses. Many ICT jobs will require Australian citizenship if employment is related to the APS. Tourism is the largest private sector segment of the ACT economy and with 7,000 tourism related businesses offers great employment opportunities on a casual, part-time and full-time basis.


Skilled nominated or skilled regional visas offer a pathway to live and work in the ACT if you cannot achieve sufficient points required for a Skilled Independent visa.You must submit an application through SkillSelect which is the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) online visa application system. Once you have received a positive skills assessment from an Australian assessing authority and by submitting an Expression of Interest (EOI) you can generate points for:

  •   Your age
  •   Recognised qualifications
  •   Employment
  •   English language skills
  •   Being nominated by a state or territory government
  •   Partner skills
  •   Study in Australia
  •   Specialist education qualifications
  •   Accredited language skills
  •   Professional year in Australia

ACT Skilled Nominated visa Programme - subclass 190

ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated visa requires you to formally express an interest in applying for ACT 190 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. The highest ranked candidates under the scoring system will then be selected and invited to apply for ACT 190 nomination. 

Factors which will contribute to your overall score include:

  • The amount of time you have previously spent in the ACT
  • Whether you nominated occupation is open or closed on the ACT occupations list
  • The level of English for you and if applicable your spouse
  • A genuine offer of employment
  • Relevant work experience
  • Employability for your spouse or partner
  • Tertiary qualifications
  • Study undertaken at an ACT Tertiary Institution
  • Close family ties
  • Assets to fund your settlement in the ACT


Initial Consultations

It is easy through research to become overloaded with information, which is difficult to interpret leaving you with many questions unanswered. Before you start out on your visa journey it makes sense to discuss your plans in detail with a MARA Registered Migration Agent. MARA monitor the conduct of registered agents to ensure that only the highest level of advice and assistance is provided to prospective applicants. To achieve this, MARA agents must subscribe to the same regulations used by DHA case officers and undertake professional development on an annual basis.

Consultation fee

A fee of £95 + VAT is charged by Concept Australia and during the consultation we will discuss your visa options in detail and provide clear constructive advice on the visa process to enable you to make an informed judgement regarding your future migration plans. The appointment will also provide you with an opportunity to ask key questions that you may not have found answers to during your research. There is no obligation to engage Concept Australia as your MARA agent but, if you do decide to appoint us to represent you, the consultation fee will be deducted from the first stage of our fee.

If you are interested in moving to the ACT, please contact your nearest Concept Australia office to discuss your visa options:

London/Kent Office

Chislehurst Business Centre
1 Bromley Lane

Telephone: 020 8468 1076 or email:

Office hours:

Monday to Friday from 09:00 -17:30
Saturdays from 09:30 - 12.00 

Manchester Office

2nd Floor
Albion Wharf
19 Albion Street
M1 5LN

Telephone: 0161 669 5836 or email:

Office hours:

Monday to Friday from 09.30 - 17:00

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