Australia Capital Territory

The Guidelines and ACT Occupation List were revised on 1 October 2014. Please review the documents carefully before applying to ensure you are still eligible.

Do you have the skills we need in Canberra? If the type of work you do is in demand it will be identified on the ACT Occupation List.

Skilled Migrants

You must read the Skilled - Nominated (190) visa guidelines in conjunction with the ACT Occupation List.

190 Guidelines: 190kB (Updated 14 Oct 14)

Visit the guidelines page for further infomation on the RSMS and Business Visa guidelines.

As a skilled migrant you can apply for ACT nomination if the status of your nominated occupation is shown as ‘open’ on the ACT Occupation List and you meet the nomination criteria as shown in the guidelines. If the status of the nominated occupation is ‘limited’, the occupation must be verified by the Migration and Information Services (MIS) Unit, ACT Government, before your application can be lodged.

ACT Occupation List: 301kB (Updated 1 Oct 14)

The occupations identified do not relate to a specific job vacancy, nor represent a guarantee of a job in a specific occupation. Your success finding employment will depend on the employer requirements, relevant skills and experience and level of English ability. As a new resident you may not be eligible to apply for some Federal Government positions where citizenship or security clearance is required.

You will also need to meet the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) skilled visa criteria.

Employer sponsored

Employers seeking to apply to the Regional Certifying Body (RCB) for support of an Employer nomination must demonstrate that the position cannot be filled from the local labour market.

If the nominated occupation is listed as 'open' on the current ACT Occupation list, the application for RCB support is deemed to meet this criteria.

Occupations listed as 'limited' or 'closed' do not meet the criteria. You should refer to the RCB guidelines for other pathways to demonstrate that the position cannot be filled from the local labour market.

Further Information

Department of Immigration and Border Protection visa guidelines (SkillsSelect)

ACT Nomination Guidelines


The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government is committed to a targeted skilled migration program and can provide advice on ACT nomination criteria, but not on wider immigration issues.

Before lodging an application for nomination, it is recommended that you obtain specific migration advice relevant to your circumstances from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection or a Registered Migration Agent.

The ACT Skilled Migration Program is managed by the Small Business and Skills (SBS) area in Chief  Minister, Treasury and Economic Development, a Directorate of the ACT Government.

Australian Capital Territory Occupation List

About the ACT Occupation List

The ACT Occupation List identifies the skills that are currently in demand in Canberra. The ACT Occupation List is used to determine the eligibility for ACT support of the following programs:

  • Skilled Migration: ACT nomination of a Skilled – Nominated (subclass 190) visa.
  • Employer Nomination: Regional Certifying Body support of an Employer Nomination under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.

Skilled Migration Applicants

The ACT Occupation List determines if the occupation is available for ACT nomination:

  • Open Occupations: you can apply for ACT nomination if you meet the nomination criteria.
  • Closed Occupations: You may be eligible to apply for ACT nomination if you have close ties (job offer or close family) to Canberra and you meet the nomination criteria.

To determine your eligibility for ACT nomination you must read the ‘Guidelines for applying for ACT nomination’ and make sure that you meet the nomination criteria.


The ACT Occupation List is not linked to specific job vacancies and it is not a guarantee of a job in a nominated occupation. You must be satisfied that there are sufficient employment opportunities in your nominated occupation before you apply for ACT nomination. You will compete for employment vacancies with all people in the labour market as part of a normal selection process. Your success will depend on employer requirements, your relevant skills, your experience and your level of English language ability.

New residents generally do not meet the criteria of employers who require citizenship or security clearance.

Employer Sponsored Nomination

Employers seeking to nominate highly skilled workers under the Direct Entry pathway of the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) must seek the support of the Regional Certifying Body (RCB) before the RSMS nomination can be assessed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Before you apply for RCB support, you must read the ‘Guidelines for applying for Regional Certifying Body support of an employer nomination’ at:

Applying for Regional Certifying Body (RCB) support

As part of the application for RCB support, employers must demonstrate that the position cannot be filled from the local labour market. If the nominated occupation has a status of ‘open’ on the ACT occupation List, the application for RCB support is deemed to meet this criterion. If the nominated occupation has a status of ‘closed’ the application for RCB support does not meet this criterion.

You should refer to the RCB guidelines for other pathways to demonstrate that the position cannot be filled from the local labour market.

ACT Occupation List updates

The ACT Occupation List will be updated on a regular basis to reflect the current demand in Canberra for each occupation. Once it is determined that the demand for an occupation has been met, the occupation will be closed. The demand for closed occupations will be reassessed in February 2015.

ACT Occupation List: October 2014

ANZSCO Occupation Status
134111 Child Care Centre Manager Open
232111 Architect Open
232112 Landscape Architect Open
232212 Surveyor Open
232213 Cartographer Open
232214 Other Spatial Scientist Open
233211 Civil Engineer Open
233212 Geotechnical Engineer Open
233213 Quantity Surveyor Open
233214 Structural Engineer Open
233215 Transport Engineer Open
241111 Early Childhood (Pre-Primary ) Teacher Open
251211 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer Open
251212 Medical Radiation Therapist Open
251213 Nuclear Medicine Technologist Open
251214 Sonographer Open
251411 Optometrist Open
251412 Orthoptist Open
251513 Retail Pharmacist Open
252211 Acupuncturist Open
252212 Homoeopath Open
252213 Naturopath Open
252214 Traditional Chinese Medicine Prac. Open
252299 Complementary Health Therapists nec Open
252411 Occupational Therapist Open
252511 Physiotherapist Open
252611 Podiatrist Open
253111 General Medical Practitioner Open
253112 Resident Medical Officer Open
253311 Specialist Physician (General Medicine) Open
253312 Cardiologist Open
253313 Clinical Haematologist Open
253314 Medical Oncologist Open
253315 Endocrinologist Open
253316 Gastroenterologist Open
253317 Intensive Care Specialist Open
253318 Neurologist Open
253321 Paediatrician Open
253322 Renal Medicine Specialist Open
253323 Rheumatologist Open
253324 Thoracic Medicine Specialist Open
253399 Specialist Physicians nec Open
254411 Nurse Practitioner Open
254412 Registered Nurse (Aged Care) Open
254413 Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) Open
254414 Registered Nurse (Community Health) Open
254415 Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emerg.) Open
254416 Registered Nurse (Development Disability) Open
254417 Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehab.) Open
254418 Registered Nurse (Medical) Open
254421 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) Open
254422 Registered Nurse (Mental Health) Open
254423 Registered Nurse (Perioperative) Open
254424 Registered Nurse (Surgical) Open
254425 Registered Nurse (Paedriatric) Open
254499 Registered Nurse nec Open
272111 Careers Counsellor Open
272112 Drug and Alcohol Counsellor Open
272113 Family and Marriage Counsellor Open
272114 Rehabilitation Counsellor Open
272115 Student Counsellor Open
272199 Counsellors nec Open
272311 Clinical Psychologist Open
272312 Educational Psychologist Open
272313 Organisational Psychologist Open
272314 Psychotherapist Open
272399 Psychologists nec Open
272511 Social Worker Open
324111 Panel beater Open

Closed Occupations

ANZSCO Occupation Status
111111 Chief Executive or Managing Director Closed
111211 Corporate General Manager Closed
111212 Defence Force Senior Officer Closed
121111 Aquaculture Farmer Closed
121211 Cotton Grower Closed
121212 Flower Grower Closed
121213 Fruit or Nut Grower Closed
121214 Grain, Oilseed or Pasture Grower Closed
121215 Grape Grower Closed
121216 Mixed Crop Farmer Closed
121217 Sugar Cane Grower Closed
121218 Turf Grower Closed
121221 Vegetable Grower Closed
121299 Crop Farmers nec  Closed
121311 Apiarist Closed
121312 Beef Cattle Farmer Closed
121313 Dairy Cattle Farmer Closed
121314 Deer Farmer Closed
121315 Goat Farmer Closed
121316 Horse Breeder Closed
121317 Mixed Livestock Farmer Closed
121318 Pig Farmer Closed
121321 Poultry Farmer Closed
121322 Sheep Farmer Closed
121399 Livestock Farmers nec Closed
121411 Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmer Closed
131112 Sales and Marketing Manager Closed
131113 Advertising Manager Closed
131114 Public Relations Manager Closed
132111 Corporate Services Manager Closed
132211 Finance Manager Closed
132311 Human Resource Manager Closed
132411 Policy and Planning Manager Closed
132511 Research and Development Manager Closed
133111 Construction Project Manager Closed
133112 Project Builder Closed
133211 Engineering Manager Closed
133311 Importer or Exporter Closed
133312 Wholesaler Closed
133411 Manufacturer Closed
133511 Production Manager (Forestry) Closed
133512 Production Manager (Manufacturing) Closed
133513 Production Manager (Mining) Closed
133611 Supply and Distribution Manager Closed
133612 Procurement Manager Closed
134211 Medical Administrator Closed
134212 Nursing Clinical Director Closed
134213 Primary Health Organisation Manager Closed
134214 Welfare Centre Manager Closed
134299 Health and Welfare Serv. Managers Closed
134311 School Principal Closed
134411 Faculty Head Closed
134412 Regional Education Manager Closed
134499 Education Managers nec Closed
135111 Chief Information Officer Closed
135112 ICT Project Manager Closed
135199 ICT Managers nec Closed
139111 Commissioned Defence Force Officer Closed
139112 Commissioned Fire Officer Closed
139113 Commissioned Police Officer Closed
139211 Senior Non-Comm. Defence Member Closed
139911 Art Administrator or Manager Closed
139912 Environmental Manager Closed
139913 Laboratory Manager Closed
139914 Quality Assurance Manager Closed
139915 Sports Administrator Closed
139999 Specialist Managers nec Closed
141111 Cafe or Rest Manager (excl fast food) Closed
141211 Caravan Park/ Camping Manager Closed
141311 Hotel or Motel Manager  Closed 
141411 Licensed Club Manager  Closed 
141911 Bed and Breakfast Operator  Closed 
141912 Retirement Village Manager  Closed 
141999 Accom. and Hospitality Managers nec  Closed 
142112 Antique Dealer  Closed 
142113 Betting Agency Manager Closed
142114 Hair or Beauty Salon Manager Closed
142115 Post Office Manager Closed
142116 Travel Agency Manager Closed
149111 Amusement Centre Manager  Closed
149112 Fitness Centre Manager Closed
149113 Sports Centre Manager Closed
149211 Call or Contact Centre Manager Closed
149212 Customer Service Manager Closed
149311 Conference and Event Organiser  Closed 
149411 Fleet Manager Closed
149412 Railway Station Manager Closed
149413 Transport Company Manager Closed
149911 Boarding Kennel or Cattery Operator Closed
149912 Cinema or Theatre Manager Closed
149913 Facilities Manager Closed
149914 Financial Institution Branch Manager Closed
149915 Equipment Hire Manager Closed
211111 Actor Closed
211112 Dancer or Choreographer Closed
211113 Entertainer or Variety Artist Closed
211199 Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers nec Closed
211211 Composer Closed
211212 Music Director Closed
211213 Musician (Instrumental) Closed
211214 Singer Closed
211299 Music Professionals nec Closed
211311 Photographer Closed
211411 Painter (Visual Arts) Closed
211412 Potter or Ceramic Artist Closed
211413 Sculptor Closed
211499 Visual Arts and Crafts Prof. Nec  Closed 
212111 Artistic Director Closed
212112 Media Producer (Excluding Video) Closed
212113 Radio Presenter Closed
212114 Television Presenter Closed
212211 Author Closed
212212 Book or Script Editor Closed
212311 Art Director (Film, Television or Stage) Closed
212312 Director (Film, TV, Radio or Stage) Closed
212313 Director of Photography  Closed 
212314 Film and Video Editor Closed
212315 Program Director (Television or Radio) Closed
212316 Stage Manager Closed
212317 Technical Director Closed
212318 Video Producer Closed
212399 Film, TV, Radio and Stage Directors Closed
212411 Copywriter Closed
212412 Newspaper or Periodical Editor Closed
212413 Print Journalist Closed
212414 Radio Journalist Closed
212415 Technical Writer  Closed 
212416 Television Journalist Closed
212499 Journalists and Other Writers nec  Closed 
221111 Accountant (General) Closed
221112 Management Accountant Closed
221113 Taxation Accountant Closed
221211 Company Secretary  Closed 
221212 Corporate Treasurer Closed
221213 External Auditor Closed
221214 Internal Auditor Closed
222111 Commodities Trader  Closed 
222112 Finance Broker  Closed 
222113 Insurance Broker  Closed 
222199 Financial Brokers nec Closed
222211 Financial Market Dealer Closed
222212 Futures Trader Closed
222213 Stockbroking Dealer Closed
222299 Financial Dealers nec Closed
222311 Financial Investment Adviser Closed
222312 Financial Investment Manager  Closed 
223111 Human Resource Adviser Closed
223112 Recruitment Consultant Closed
223113 Workplace Relations Adviser Closed
223211 ICT Trainer Closed
223311 Training and Development Professional Closed
224111 Actuary Closed
224112 Mathematician Closed
224113 Statistician Closed
224211 Archivist Closed
224212 Gallery or Museum Curator Closed
224213 Health Information Manager Closed
224214 Records Manager Closed
224311 Economist  Closed 
224411 Intelligence Officer Closed
224412 Policy Analyst  Closed 
224511 Land Economist Closed
224512 Valuer Closed
224611 Librarian  Closed 
224711 Management Consultant Closed
224712 Organisation and Methods Analyst Closed
224911 Electorate Officer Closed
224912 Liaison Officer Closed
224913 Migration Agent (Aus)  Closed 
224914 Patents Examiner  Closed 
224999 Information and Organisation Professional Nec Closed
225111 Advertising Specialist Closed
225112 Market Research Analyst Closed
225113 Marketing Specialist Closed
225211 ICT Account Manager Closed
225212 ICT Business Development Manager  Closed 
225213 ICT Sales Representative  Closed 

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