ACT – Subclasses 491 and 190 occupation lists and guidelines released

The ACT 491 / 190 nomination guidelines for January 2020 and the ACT Occupation List for January 2020 are now live on the Canberra Your Future website

Canberra Matrix

All Canberra Matrix submitted on or before 31 December are valid for six months and will be assessed against the 1 July 2019 nomination criteria.

The ACT Subclasses 491 / 190 nomination guidelines for January 2020 will apply to all Matrix submitted on or after 1 January 2020.


The ACT Occupation List: January 2020 will apply to all Matrix submitted on or after 1 January 2019.

  • The following occupations have opened:
  • Engineers: Engineering manager, industrial, mechanical, production, electrical and electronic.
  • Construction Project Manager.
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Counsellors: career, family, drug and school.
  • Physicist ** (with caveat)
  • Natural and Physical Science Professionals nec ** (with caveat)

Two occupations have closed: Urban and Regional Planner and Early Childhood Teacher.


Please read the ACT 491 /190 nomination guidelines carefully to ensure that your clients are eligible to complete the Canberra Matrix and evidence any Matrix claims at date of Matrix submission. The ACT would very much like to see a zero refusal rate for all our agents in 2020 instead of the current 18%.

Please also note, in 2020, any overseas applicants must be genuine overseas applicants; e,g. not in Australia on a visitor visa with pending 482 or 489 application etc. See overseas applicant criteria: ‘You must be overseas at date of Matrix submission and, if ranked and invited to apply for ACT nomination, you must be overseas at date of application for ACT nomination.’

  1. Welcome news for international students – Graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration program expanded to include VET graduates

The Graduate stream of the State Nominated Migration Program provides a skilled migration pathway for international students graduating from university in Western Australia.  From December 2019, the Graduate stream has been extended to include VET graduates who complete a qualification in Western Australia at Certificate III level or above.

The Graduate stream is also more accessible for international students:

studies in higher education, VET (Certificate III level and above) and/or English language courses for overseas students (ELICOS) studies all count towards the requirement to study for two years in Western Australia.

Graduates need to demonstrate either six months’ work experience in Australia OR a six month employment contract in Western Australia, but not both.  Previously international students needed to have 12 months of work experience plus a job offer for 12 months.

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Applications for Subclass 491 Skilled Regional Work and Subclass 190 Skilled Nominated visas will reopen on 9 December 2019. A nomination fee will be applied from that date.

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