The next Canberra Matrix invitation round is expected to be held on or before 15 January 2021. Information about the nominated occupations and Matrix score invited in each round is available.

ACT Matrix - Canberra Critical List has been updated on 11 January 2021

The number of ACT nomination places may be capped for each occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List. Invitations may not be issued when the monthly cap for an occupation is reached.

Among the newly added 44 Occupations are:

  • Chef

  • Community Worker

  • Carpenter

  • Hairdresser

  • Dentists, etc.


457 / 482 visa holders:

  • 190 nomination: 27 invitations

  • 491 nomination: nil

Matrix nominating Critical Skill Occupations:

  • 190 nomination: 128 invitations

  • 491 nomination: 123 Invitations

Find the updated ACT Matrix Critical List here:


  • Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa - 598 places

  • Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa - 702 places


  • Skilled Work Regional (subclass 491) visa - 552 places

  • Skilled Nominated (subclass 190) visa - 452 places

Canberra Matrix

Canberra Matrix is a score-based system that is different from that of the subclass 189  points calculation.

The ACT Occupation List was replaced by the ACT Critical Skills List.

Therefore, you must go through the Canberra Matrix system if you are interested in applying for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) nomination under the skilled migration streams:

  • Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) visa – subclass 491

  • Skilled Nominated (Permanent) visa – subclass 190

There are two phases to apply for ACT nomination

1. Complete a ‘Canberra Matrix’ to formally express an interest in applying for ACT nomination (you can choose either ACT 491 or 190 nominations).

If you are one of the top candidates with the highest scores, you will be selected and invited to apply for the ACT nomination.

Your Matrix score will not necessarily be ranked as the demand for ACT nomination greatly exceeds the number of nomination places available each year.

2. Submit the online application and pay fees within 14 days immediately after getting the invitation to apply for the ACT nomination.

The required documents you attach must prove your eligibility and Matrix points claimed at the date of Matrix submission.

ACT Matrix Invitation Round Update (October 28)

457 / 482 visa holders: 14 invitations

  • 190 nomination: 4 invitations

Matrix nominating Critical occupations

  • 190 nomination: 66 invitations

The minimum ranking score is an indication only and not a guarantee that an invitation was issued. The ranking may depend on the date and time of Matrix submission.

Invitations are not issued for an occupation if the monthly cap is met. The cap will reset in November

ACT Critical Skills List

Cap on Occupations

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