New guidelines on the ACT’s 190 nomination program

New guidelines on the ACT’s 190 nomination program


  • The ACT Government’s current system will go OFF LINE  to enable the change over to the new Expression of Interest (from hereon called the Canberra Matrix to avoid confusion with Home Affairs EOI)

-Any existing ACT Government application commenced which has not been lodged and unpaid will disappear from the system and will not be able to be accessed.

– Any lodged and paid applications lodged before this will be assessed and finalised under the existing guidelines.

  • The ACT is reopening its 190 program with about 500 available places for the remainder of 2018-19 Financial Year
  • The Canberra Matrix is benefit to Canberra based and not first in, best dressed as with the previous system
  • The ACT Government will have practice runs for issuing invitations before moving into full operational mode.

The Process

  • Intending applicants will be required to express their interest by completing the Canberra Matrix

– No documents are required to be lodged with the Canberra Matrix

– There is no application fee for completing and submitting the Canberra Matrix

  • Either once or twice a month (to be decided) the ACT Government will determine which Canberra Matrix applicants, based on the Matrix points test (has no relationship or impact on Home Affairs points test) will be issued an invitation to apply for ACT Government 190 nomination

– The ACT Government reserves the right to use other levers to select applicants based on economic benefit to Canberra

  • The Canberra Matrix points are frozen upon submission and cannot be updated

– If points allocation change, for any reason. a new Canberra Matrix will be required to be submitted

  • A Canberra Matrix will remain valid for 6 months before it is removed from the system
  • The matrix scoring for Canberra residents has 12 factors
Canberra Matrix for Canberra Residents
Category Option Points
Current ACT Residence 4 + years 20
3 – 4 years 15
2 – 3 years 10
1 – 2 years 5
Less than one year 0
English Proficiency Superior 15
Proficient 10
Competent 0
Spouse/Partner English Superior/Proficient 5
Nomination Occupation In demand or ‘Open’ on the ACT Occupation List 20
Length of current ACT employment Employed for 12 months + 10
Employed for 6-12 months 5
ACT Employment Type Working in ‘open’ nominated occupation 15
Working in ‘open’ but not nominated the occupation 10
Working in ANZCO Skill level 1 to 3 occupation 5
Previous ACT employment in nominated occupation – minimum one year 4
Spouse/Partner Employment Working in the ‘open’ Occupation in the ACT 15
Skill assessment relevant to the current occupation 10
Tertiary qualification relevant to current occupation 5
Currently working in any occupation 5
Study Level at Tertiary Institution Doctoral Degree 20
Master’s Degree 15
Bachelors Degree or 3-year trade certificate 10
Diploma (at least 2 years) 5
Study Completed at an ACT tertiary institute 3 years or more 15
2 years 10
1 year 5
Prospective Applicants Canberra Resident 10
Assets in Canberra ACT property (min. $250,000 investment) 5
2 years ACT business activity, majority ownership & minimum $100,000 5
$200,000 investment in a start-up ACT business 5
Close Family Ties Australian citizen/permanent resident spouse/partner, child 20
Australian citizen/permanent resident parent, grandparent, brother, sister 10
Temporary resident spouse/partner 5
  • The Matrix for overseas residents has essentially the same factors except the grandfathering factor mentioned above
  • Intending applicants who live in Canberra and commute to Sydney, for example, for study and/or work, regardless of the time spent in or out of Canberra will not meet the requirements for an invitation
  • To meet the Canberra residence requirements, the intending applicant can live in Canberra (this goes without saying) or live within a 30-minute commute radius of Canberra (for example, live in Queanbeyan, Jerrabomberra, Bungendore, Murrumbateman)
  • Intending applicants who work in Queanbeyan, for example, are also ineligible to receive an invitation

Key points to note

  • There will be no requests for further information (applications not complete will be refused)
  • If the documents provided at the application stage do not support the information provided in the Canberra Matrix, the application will be refused
  • There are no waiver provisions
  • The ACT Government will not respond to requests for special treatment based on

– Expiry of English language results, skills assessments

– Change of age

– Visa expiry, etc

  • ACT Government will not respond to requests about an individual’s ranking, selection or invitation process

Source: Migration Institute of Australia (MIA)

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