ACT CRITICAL SKILLS LIST

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.

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About the ACT Occupation List

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

  • Skilled Visas: 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 Visa Applicants

The ACT Occupation List determines if the occupation is available for ACT nomination of a Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa. 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.

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.

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’, or is not listed on the ACT Occupation List, 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 Critical Skills List – updated July 2022

ANZSCO Unit Group Code Nomination places available each month ANZSCO NOMINATED OCCUPATION
Advertising, public relations and sales managers 1311 5 or Less 131112 sales and marketing manager
131113 advertising manager
131114 public relations manager (491 only)
Corporate Services Manager 1321 5 or Less 132111 corporate services manager
Finance managers 1322 5 or Less 132211 finance manager
Human resource managers 1323 5 or Less 132311 human resource manager
Policy and planning managers 1324 10 or Less 132411 policy and planning manager (491 only)
Construction managers 1331 15 or Less 133111 construction project manager
133112 project builder (491 only)
Production managers 1335 5 or Less 133511 production manager (forestry)
133512 production manager (manufacturing)
Supply and Distribution Manager 1336 5 or Less 133611 supply and distribution manager
133612 procurement manager (491 only)
Child Care Centre manager 1341 5 or Less 134111 child care centre manager
Health and Welfare Services Managers 1342 5 or Less 134211 medical administrator (491 only)
134212 nursing clinical director
134213 primary health organisation manager
134214 welfare centre manager
134299 health and welfare services managers (nec)
Other Education Managers 1344 5 or Less 134412 regional education manager (491 only)
134499 education managers (nec)
ICT managers 1351 5 or Less 135112 ICT project manager
135199 ICT managers (nec)
Other specialist managers 1399 5 or Less 139911 arts administrator or manager
139912 environmental manager
139913 laboratory manager
139914 quality assurance manager
139915 sports administrator (491 only)
139999 specialist managers (nec)
Café and restaurant managers 1411 5 or Less 141111 cafe or restaurant manager
Hotel and Motel Managers 1413 5 or Less 141311 hotel or motel manager
Retail Managers 1421 5 or Less 142115 post office manager (491 only)
Call or contact centre and customer service managers 1492 5 or Less 149212 customer service manager
Conference and Event Organisers 1493 5 or Less 149311 conference and event organiser
Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers 1499 5 or Less 149912 cinema or theatre manager (491 only)
149913 facilities manager
149914 financial institution branch manager (491 only)
Journalists and other writers 2124 5 or Less 212411 copywriter
212412 newspaper or periodical editor
212413 print journalist
212415 technical writer
212416 television journalist
212499 journalists and other writers (nec)
Accountants 2211 5 or Less 221111 accountant (general)
221112 management accountant
221113 taxation accountant
Auditors, company secretaries and corporate treasurers 2212 5 or Less 221211 company secretary
221213 external auditor
221214 internal auditor
Financial Investment Advisers and Managers 2223 5 or Less 222311 financial investment adviser
222312 financial investment manager
Human Resource Professionals 2231 5 or Less 223111 human resource adviser (491 only)
223112 recruitment consultant
223113 workplace relations adviser (491 only)
Intelligence and policy analysts 2244 10 or Less 224412 policy analyst (491 only)
Management and organisation analysts 2247 5 or Less 224711 management consultant
224712 organisation and methods analyst
Other information and organisation professionals 2249 5 or Less 224912 liaison officer (491 only)
224914 patents examiner
224999 information and organisation professionals (nec)
Advertising and marketing professionals 2251 5 or Less 225111 advertising specialist
225112 market research analyst (491 only)
225113 marketing specialist
Public relations professionals 2253 5 or Less 225311 public relations professional
Surveyors and Spatial Scientists 2322 5 or Less 232212 surveyor
232213 cartographer
232214 other spatial scientist
Graphic and web designers, and illustrators 2324 5 or Less 232411 graphic designer
232412 illustrator
232413 multimedia designer (491 only)
232414 web designer
Civil engineering professionals 2332 5 or Less 233211 civil engineer
233212 geotechnical engineer
233213 quantity surveyor
233214 structural engineer
233215 transport engineer
Electrical Engineers 2333 5 or Less 233311 electrical engineer
Electronics Engineers 2334 5 or Less 233411 electronics engineer
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 2335 5 or Less 233511 industrial engineer
233512 mechanical engineer
233513 production or plant engineer
Other engineering professionals 2339 5 or Less 233911 aeronautical engineer
233912 agricultural engineer
233913 biomedical engineer
233914 engineering technologist
233915 environmental engineer
233916 naval architect
233999 engineering professionals (nec)
Environmental Scientists 2343 5 or Less 234311 conservation officer (491 only)
234312 environmental consultant
234313 environmental research scientist
234399 environmental scientist (nec)
Veterinarians 2347 5 or Less 234711 veterinarian
Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 2349 5 or Less 234911 conservator
234912 metallurgist
234913 meteorologist
234914 physicist
234915 exercise physiologist (491 only)
234999 natural and physical science professionals (nec)
Early childhood 2411 5 or Less 241111 early childhood (pre‑primary school) teacher
Primary School Teachers 2412 5 or Less 241213 primary school teacher
Secondary School Teachers 2414 5 or Less 241411 secondary school teacher
Special Education Teachers 2415 5 or Less 241511 special needs teacher
241512 teacher of the hearing impaired
241513 teacher of the sight impaired
241599 special education teachers (nec)
University Lecturers and Tutors 2421 5 or Less 242111 university lecturer
Vocational Education Teachers \ Polytechnic Teachers 2422 5 or Less 242211 vocational education teacher (491 only)
Medical Imaging Professionals 2512 5 or Less 251211 medical diagnostic radiographer
251212 medical radiation therapist
251213 nuclear medicine technologist
251214 sonographer
Occupational and environmental health professionals 2513 5 or Less 251311 environmental health officer (491 only)
251312 occupational health and safety adviser
Pharmacists 2515 5 or Less 251511 hospital pharmacist
251512 industrial pharmacist
251513 retail pharmacist
Health Diagnositic and Promotion Professionals 2519 5 or Less 251999 health diagnostic and promotion professionals (nec)
Dental practitioners 2523 5 or Less 252311 dental specialist
252312 dentist (491 only)
Occupational therapists 2524 5 or Less 252411 occupational therapist
Physiotherapists 2525 5 or Less 252511 physiotherapist
Audiologists and speech pathologists / therapists 2527 5 or Less 252711 audiologist
252712 speech pathologist
General practitioners and resident medical officers 2531 5 or Less 253111 general practitioner
253112 resident medical officer
Anaesthetists 2532 5 or Less 253211 anaesthetists
Specialist Physicians 2533 5 or Less 253312 cardiologist
253317 intensive care specialist
253318 neurologist
253321 paediatrician
Psychiatrists 2534 5 or Less 253411 psychiatrists
Other Medical Practitioners 2539 5 or Less 253912 emergency medicine specialist
253917 diagnostic and interventional radiologist
253999 specialist physicians (nec)
Midwives 2541 5 or Less 254111 midwife
Nurse Managers 2543 5 or Less 254311 nurse manager
Registered nurses 2544 15 or Less 254411 nurse practitioner
254412 registered nurse (aged care)
254413 registered nurse (child and family health)
254414 registered nurse (community health)
254415 registered nurse (critical care and emergency)
254416 registered nurse (developmental disability)
254417 registered nurse (disability and rehabilitation)
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)
ICT business and systems analysts 2611 20 or Less 261111 ICT business analyst
261112 systems analyst
Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers 2612 5 or Less 261211 multimedia specialist
261212 web developer
Software and applications programmers 2613 40 or Less 261311 analyst programmer
261312 developer programmer
261313 software engineer
261314 software tester
261399 software and applications programmers (nec)
Database and systems administrators, and ICT security specialists 2621 10 or Less 262111 database administrator
262112 ICT security specialist
262113 systems administrator
Computer network professionals 2631 5 or Less 263111 computer network and systems engineer
263112 network administrator
263113 network analyst
ICT support and test engineers 2632 5 or Less 263211 ICT quality assurance engineer
263212 ICT support engineer
263213 ICT systems test engineer
263299 ICT support and test engineers (nec)
Solicitors 2713 5 or Less 271311 solicitor
Counsellors 2721 5 or Less 272111 careers counsellor
272112 drug and alcohol counsellor
272113 family and marriage counsellor
272114 rehabilitation counsellor
272115 student counsellor
272199 counsellors (nec)
Psychologists 2723 5 or Less 272311 clinical psychologist
272312 educational psychologist
272313 organisational psychologist
272314 psychotherapist
272399 psychologists (nec)
Social Professionals 2724 5 or Less 272412 interpreter
272413 translator (491 only)
272499 social professionals (nec)
Social workers 2725 5 or Less 272511 social worker
Welfare, recreation and community arts workers 2726 5 or Less 272611 community arts worker (491 only)
272612 recreation officer
272613 welfare worker
Medical Technicians 3112 5 or Less 311211 anaesthetic technician
311212 cardiac technician
311213 medical laboratory technician
311214 operating theatre technician (491 only)
311215 pharmacy technician
311216 pathology collector (491 only)
311299 medical technicians (nec)
Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians 3121 5 or Less 312111 architectural draftsperson
312113 building inspector
312114 construction estimator (491 only)
312116 surveying or spatial science technician (491 only)
312199 architectural, building and surveying technicians (nec)
ICT support technicians 3131 5 or Less 313111 hardware technician
313112 ICT customer support officer
313113 web administrator
313199 ICT support technicians (nec)
Motor mechanics 3212 5 or Less 321211 motor mechanic (general)
321212 diesel motor mechanic
321213 motorcycle mechanic
321214 small engine mechanic
Panelbeaters 3241 5 or Less 324111 panelbeater
Bricklayers and Stonemasons 3311 5 or Less 331111 bricklayer
331112 stonemason
Carpenters and joiners 3312 5 or Less 331211 carpenter and joiner
331212 carpenter
331213 joiner
Painting Trades Workers 3322 5 or Less 332211 painting trades worker
Plasterers 3332 5 or Less 333211 fibrous plasterer
333212 solid plasterer
Plumbers 3341 5 or Less 334111 plumber (general)
334112 airconditioning and mechanical services plumber
334113 drainer
334114 gasfitter
334115 roof plumber
Electricians 3411 5 or Less 341111 electrician (general)
341112 electrician (special class)
341113 lift mechanic
Bakers and Pastrycooks 3511 5 or Less 351111 baker
351112 pastrycook
Chef 3513 5 or Less 351311 chef
Cook 3514 5 or Less 351411 cook
Animal Attendants and Trainers 3611 5 or Less 361111 dog handler or trainer
361112 horse trainer
361114 zookeeper (491 only)
361199 animal attendants and trainers (nec)
Gardener 3622 5 or Less 362211 gardener (general)
362212 arborist
362213 landscape gardener
Hairdressers 3911 5 or Less 391111 hairdresser
Enrolled Nurse 4114 5 or Less 411411 enrolled nurse
Massage Therapists 4116 5 or Less 411611 massage therapist
Welfare support workers 4117 5 or Less 411711 community worker
411712 disabilities services officer
411713 family support worker
411715 residential care officer
411716 youth worker
Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 4523 5 or Less 452312 gymnastics coach or instructor
452313 horse riding coach or instructor
452314 snowsport instructor
452315 swimming coach or instructor
452316 tennis coach
452317 other sports coach or instructor
452321 sports development officer
Contract, program and project administrators 5111 5 or Less 511111 contract administrator
511112 program or project administrator

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