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 - sub classes 190and 491

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 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

Migrating to Australia can be complex and 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 you need to be confident that you have understood how the migration regulations will be applied to you.

When you contact Concept Australia, an experienced staff member will provide you with an honest appraisal of your visa options and whether a pathway is available to you. The initial advice is provided free and without obligation as we only invite applicants to engage with us if they have a realistic chance of being granted a visa for Australia.

If we have assessed that you have the potential to be granted a visa and you would like to find out more about the visa process, you may wish to consider attending a consultation as this will enable you to make an informed judgement regarding your future migration plans. You will also have an  opportunity to ask key questions that you may not have found answers to during your research.
Consultations are conducted in the London Borough of Bromley but if you are unable to travel to see us, we can arrange a SKYPE or telephone appointment at a time convenient to you including selected mid-week evenings and Saturdays.

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

London/Kent Office

Kingfisher House
21-23 Elmfield Road

Telephone: 020 8315 6700 or email:

Office hours:

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

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