Canberra Matrix and ACT Critical List

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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 on the 19 August 2020.

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

457 / 482 visa holders: 16 invitations

  • 190 nomination: 10 invitations

  • 491 nomination: 6 invitations

Matrix nominating Critical occupations: 206 invitations 

  • 190 nomination: 147 invitations

  • 491 nomination: 59 invitations

The minimum ranking score is an indication only and not a guarantee that an invitation was issued. Ranking may depend on 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

11 September 2020 Invitation Round:

  • subclass 190: 76

  • subclass 491: 64

Caps for ICT Business Analyst, Nursing and Software Programmer was 65 points and for Social Workers it was 60 points for this Invitation Round.

ACT Critical Skills List

Cap on Occupations

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. See ACT Critical Skills List.


Download the August 2020 ACT Critical Skills List to see limited numbers of ACT nomination places available this month.

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