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ACT Nomination Guidelines of 6 Jul 2021

Canberra matrix is a separate points-based system from SkillSelect EOI for the purpose of ACT state nomination for subclass 190 and subclass 491

Note: For Canberra 190 and 491, you must have 60+ on the 189 EOI points PLUS 5 points for ACT 190 nomination OR 15 points for ACT 491 nomination (passing the Canberra matrix will give you 5 points for 190 or 15 points for 491) and be successful with Canberra matrix, talk to us if you are confused.

Length of current ACT residence

Points:

How long have you lived in Canberra in the last eight years?

  • Your bank statements must evidence your date of arrival and the claimed period of residence in Canberra.
  • You must record any period away from Canberra (seven days or more) in the ‘Summary of ACT residence’ at Attachment D.
  • Your claimed period of ACT residence does not have to be continuous.
  • You may have holidays away from Canberra for a maximum of six weeks in any year without it affecting your claim for a year of residence.
  • You can study interstate for one or two days a week. However, if you studied more than two days (one night) a week interstate, you will not be considered an ACT resident for that period.
  • You cannot claim ACT residency for any period that you lived or worked interstate or overseas.
  • You can live in NSW if you are within a 30-minute commute to where you work in Canberra e.g. Queanbeyan.

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English proficiency

Points:

What is your English proficiency level as defined by Home Affairs?

You must meet the Home Affairs requirement for the level of English claimed.

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Spouse/Partner English proficiency

Points:

What is your spouse/partner’s English proficiency?

They must meet the Home Affairs requirement for the level of English claimed or hold an Australian passport.

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Nominated occupation

Points:

Is your nominated occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List?

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Small Business Owner

Points:

Are you the majority owner of a registered business located and actively operating in the ACT? You must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Your business must have a minimum turnover of $200,000 per annum (or pro-rata).
  • Your business must be profitable.
  • Your business must be paying you the following salary immediately before date of Matrix submission:
  • 190 nomination: at least $26,000 for six months. 491 nomination: at least $13,000 for three months.
  • You must employ at least one Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen for at least 13 weeks (minimum 20 hrs pw).
  • You may employ one or more employees. The employment does not have to be continuous.
  • The employment must be in accordance with Australian legislation.
  • You MUST provide a statutory declaration confirming the employment and citizenship details for each employee.

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Length of ACT employment

Points:

How long have you worked for an ACT employer in Canberra in the two years immediately before the date of Matrix submission?

  • You may be working in any occupation
  • While the employment does not have to be fulltime or permanent, you must be working a minimum 20 hours per week for each week that you claim towards the period of employment.
  • You may work for more than one ACT employer and / or be self-employed on an ABN.
  • The employment does not have to be continuous.
  • If you are claiming any period of selfemployment:
  • Your gross weekly income must exceed $520 for each week of employment claimed; and Your business must have been operating in Canberra for at least 12 months.

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ACT employment - skill level

Points:

Are you currently working for an ACT employer in Canberra in a highly skilled position? You must meet the minimum criteria below:

  • You must be working a minimum 20 hours per week for the last three months immediately before date of Matrix submission.
  • The employment must be continuous. Unpaid leave does not meet this criterion.
  • You may work for more than one ACT employer and/or be self-employed if you are working in the same occupation and at the same skill level.
  • Your gross income must be no less than $52,000 per annum for fulltime employment; or $26 per hour (excluding casual loading) for part time/casual employment.
  • Your employer must provide a Statutory Declaration confirming employment. See Attachment E
  • If you are self-employed on an ABN: Your gross weekly income exceeds $1000 for each week of fulltime employment claimed; or $520 for each week of part time/casual employment claimed. | Your business has been operating in Canberra for at least 12 months.
  • You MUST sign a statutory declaration confirming employment. See Attachment E
  • You must have a tertiary qualification relevant to your occupation. Your qualification must be dated before you commenced employment. A RPL certificate is not recognised as a tertiary qualification
  • Any employment claimed must be recorded on your SkillSelect EOI.

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Spouse/Partner Employment

Points:

Is your spouse / partner currently working in the ACT or surrounding ‘commuter’ region? They must meet the minimum criteria below:

  • They must be working a minimum 20 hours per week for the three months immediately before the date of Matrix submission.
  • Their employment must be continuous.
  • Any period of unpaid leave cannot be counted towards the three months employment criteria.
  • They must meet the Home Affairs requirement for ‘competent’ English or hold an Australian passport.
  • They may work for more than one employer and / or be self-employed.
  • Their employer must provide a Statutory Declaration confirming their employment. See Attachment E.
  • If they are self-employed on an ABN: Their gross weekly income exceeds $520 for each week of employment claimed; Their business has been operating in Canberra for at least 12 months; and They must sign a Statutory Declaration confirming their employment. See Attachment E

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Tertiary Qualification

Points:

What tertiary qualification do you hold from an Australian or international educational institution?

Your selected qualification must be recorded on your Home Affairs SkillSelect EOI

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Years of Study at an ACT Tertiary Institution

Points:

For how many years did you study fulltime to complete a CRICOS* registered course, and / or attend a Professional Year (PY) program, at an ACT institution in the last eight years?

  • You must have a letter of course completion from the ACT institution to evidence the claimed period and location of study.
  • You must be resident in Canberra during your claimed period of study.
  • Distance education or online attendance is not accepted.
  • A PY undertaken in the ACT meets the oneyear study criteria.
  • Two or more courses, including a PY, may be counted to evidence the period of ACT study. The courses cannot be concurrent.
  • The courses do not have to be continuous.
  • CRICOS* - Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. An academic year is at least a total of 46 weeks.

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Close Family Ties

Points:

Do you have a close family member who has lived in Canberra for the last two years?

A close family member is defined as a spouse/partner, parent, child, brother, sister or grandparent of the main applicant or their spouse/partner.

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Assets in Canberra

Points:

You (and a spouse/partner if applicable) have invested at least $250,000 cash to purchase a residential or commercial property in Canberra (purchase of land only does not meet this criteria)

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Compare your points to the latest invitation round
Code NOMINATED OCCUPATION Minimum Rank: 491
(Invitation Round: 18 Aug 2021)
Minimum Rank: 190
(Invitation Round: 18 Aug 2021)
1312 Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers
1322 Finance Managers 95 (June 2021)
1323 Human Resource Managers 90
1324 Policy and Planning Managers
1331 Construction Project Manager
1335 Production Manager (Manufacturing)
1351 ICT Manager
1399 Other Specialist Manager
1411 Cafe and Restaurant Manager 65 90
1492 Customer Service Manager
2124 Journalists and other writers
2211 Accountants 95 (June 2021) 110
2212 Auditor
2223 Financial Investment advisers and managers
2231 Human Resource Professionals
2244 Policy Analyst
2247 Management and Organisation Analysts
2249 Information and Organisation Prof 65 90
2251 Marketing specialist 65
2253 Public Relations  Professional
2324 Graphic and Web Designers
2332 Civil Engineering professionals 65 90
2339 Other Engineering professionals 65 90
2411 Early Childhood (Pre-Primary School) Teacher 80
2513 Occupational Health and Safety Adviser
2523 Dental Practitioners
2524 Occupational Therapist
2525 Physiotherapist
2527 Audiologists and Speech Pathologists
2531 Generalist medical practitioners
2544 Registered Nurses 65
2611 ICT Business and Systems Analyst 65
2613 Software and Applications Programmers 65
2621 Database and Systems Administrator 65
2631 Computer Network Professionals 65
2632 ICT Support and Test Engineers
2721 Counsellors
2723 Psychologist 90
2725 Social Worker 90
2726 Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers 65
3121 Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians
3131 ICT Support Technicians
3232 Metal Fitters and Machinists
3312 Carpenter and Joiner
3513 Chef 90
3514 Cook 65
3622 Gardener
3911 Hairdressers 65
4117 Welfare Support Worker
4523 Sports Development Officer
5111 Contract, Program and Project Administrators 65 90

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