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Canberra ACT Critical Skilled Occupation List

What is the ACT Critical Skills List?

The ACT Critical Skills List serves as a dynamic and strategic tool that outlines the occupations in high demand within the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Designed to cater to the evolving needs of the regional economy, this list plays a pivotal role for individuals aspiring to secure an ACT nomination for certain skilled visa subclasses, namely the:

  • Skilled Work Regional Visa (subclass 491)
  • Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190)

By aligning your occupation with those listed on the ACT Critical Skills List, you not only increase your eligibility for ACT nomination but also enhance your prospects of receiving additional points within the Canberra Matrix system. This scoring mechanism evaluates candidates based on factors like work experience, language proficiency, and education. Being associated with a critical occupation can boost your points and potentially expedite your visa application process.

Maximum Number of Jobs

However, it’s essential to be mindful of the quotas established for each occupation on the ACT Critical Skills List. To manage the balance between demand and supply, the ACT government may impose monthly caps on the number of nominations available for specific professions. This means that if the cap for your nominated occupation has been met for a particular month, you might have to wait until the next month to submit your application. This emphasizes the significance of staying informed about the availability of nomination slots and planning your application timing accordingly.

ACT's Current List of critical skills

The ACT recognizes the fluid nature of skill requirements in a dynamic economy. As such, the Critical Skills List undergoes periodic updates to reflect the changing landscape of the ACT job market. The most recent update occurred on April 18, 2023, and this revised list applies to all Canberra Matrix submissions, irrespective of when they were lodged. This commitment to regular updates ensures that the ACT Migration Program remains responsive to the evolving needs of the territory, aligning with the start of each new fiscal year.

ANZSCO Unit Group ANZSCO Nominated Occupations
Advertising, Public Relations, and Sales Managers 131112 sales and marketing manager
131113 advertising manager
131114 public relations manager (491 only)
Corporate Services Managers 132111 corporate services manager
Finance Managers 132211 finance manager
Human Resource Managers 132311 human resource manager
Policy and Planning Managers 132411 policy and planning manager (491 only)
Construction Managers 133111 construction project manager
133112 project builder (491 only)
Research and Development Managers 132511 research and development manager
Engineering Managers 133211 engineering manager
Production Managers 133512 production manager (manufacturing)
Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers 133611 supply and distribution manager
133612 procurement manager (491 only)
Child Care Centre Managers 134111 child care centre manager
Health and Welfare Services Managers 134211 medical administrator (491 only)
134212 nursing clinical director
134213 primary health organisation manager
134214 welfare centre manager
134299 health and welfare services managers (nec)
School Principals 134311 school principal
Other Education Managers 134412 regional education manager (491 only)
134499 education managers (nec)
ICT Managers 135112 ICT project manager
135199 ICT managers (nec)
Other Specialist Managers 139911 arts administrator or manager
139912 environmental manager
139913 laboratory manager
139914 quality assurance manager
139915 sports administrator (491 only)
139999 specialist managers (nec) except:
Cafe and Restaurant Managers 141111 cafe or restaurant manager
Hotel and Motel Managers 141311 hotel or motel manager
Other Accommodation and Hospitality Managers 141999 accommodation and hospitality managers (nec)
Call or Contact Centre and Customer Service Managers 149214 customer service manager
Conference and Event Organisers 149311 conference and event organizer
Other Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers 149912 cinema or theatre manager (491 only)
149913 facilities manager
149914 financial institution branch manager (491 only)
Journalists and Other Writers 212411 copywriter
212412 newspaper or periodical editor
212413 print journalist
212415 technical writer
212416 television journalist
212499 journalists and other writers (nec)
Accountants 221111 accountant (general)
221112 management accountant
221113 taxation accountant
Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers 221211 company secretary
221213 external auditor
221214 internal auditor
Financial Investment Advisers and Managers 222311 financial investment adviser
222312 financial investment manager
Human Resource Professionals 223111 human resource adviser (491 only)
223112 recruitment consultant
223113 workplace relations adviser (491 only)
ICT Trainers 223211 ICT trainer
Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians 224111 actuary
224112 mathematician
224113 statistician
Archivists, Curators and Records Managers 224213 health information manager
Economists 224311 economist
Intelligence and Policy Analysts 224412 policy analyst (491 only)
Librarians 224611 librarian
Management and Organisation Analysts 224711 management consultant
224712 organization and methods analyst
Other Information and Organisation Professionals 224912 liaison officer (491 only)
224914 patents examiner
224999 information and organization professionals (nec)
Advertising and Marketing Professionals 225111 advertising specialist
225112 market research analyst (491 only)
225113 marketing specialist
ICT Sales Professionals 225211 ICT account manager
225212 ICT business development manager
225213 ICT sales representative
Public Relations Professionals 225311 public relations professional
Architects and Landscape Architects 232111 architect
232112 landscape architect
Surveyors and Spatial Scientists 232212 surveyor
232213 cartographer
232214 other spatial scientist
Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators 232411 graphic designer
232412 illustrator
232413 multimedia designer (491 only)
232414 web designer
Urban and Regional Planners 232611 urban and regional planner
Chemical and Materials Engineers 233111 chemical engineer
233112 materials engineer
Civil Engineering Professionals 233211 civil engineer
233212 geotechnical engineer
233213 quantity surveyor
233214 structural engineer
233215 transport engineer
Electrical Engineers 233311 electrical engineer
Electronics Engineers 233411 electronics engineer
Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers 233511 industrial engineer
233512 mechanical engineer
233513 production or plant engineer
Other Engineering Professionals 233911 aeronautical engineer
233912 agricultural engineer
233913 biomedical engineer
233914 engineering technologist
233915 environmental engineer
233916 naval architect
233999 engineering professionals (nec)
Environmental Scientists 234311 conservation officer (491 only)
234312 environmental consultant
234313 environmental research scientist
234399 environmental scientist (nec)
Life Scientists 234511 life scientist (general)
234513 biochemist
234514 biotechnologist
234515 botanist
234516 marine biologist
234517 microbiologist
234518 zoologist
234599 life scientists (nec)
Medical Laboratory Scientists 234611 medical laboratory scientist
Veterinarians 234711 veterinarian
Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals 234911 conservator
234912 metallurgist
234913 meteorologist
234914 physicist
234915 exercise physiologist (491 only)
234999 natural and physical science professionals (nec)
Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers 241111 early childhood (pre-primary school) teacher
Primary School Teachers 241213 primary school teacher
Middle School Teachers Intermediate School Teachers 241311 middle school teacher (Aus) / intermediate school teacher (NZ)
Secondary School Teachers 241411 secondary school teacher
Special Education Teachers 241511 special needs teacher
241512 teacher of the hearing impaired
241513 teacher of the sight impaired
241599 special education teachers (nec)
University Lecturers and Tutors 242111 university lecturer
Vocational Education Teachers Polytechnic Teachers 242211 vocational education teacher (491 only)
Education Advisers and Reviewers 249111 education adviser
Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages 249311 teacher of English to speakers of
Nutrition Professionals 251111 dietitian
251112 nutritionist
Medical Imaging Professionals 251211 medical diagnostic radiographer
251212 medical radiation therapist
251213 nuclear medicine technologist
251214 sonographer
Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals 251311 environmental health officer (491 only)
251312 occupational health and safety adviser
Optometrists and Orthoptists 251411 optometrist
251412 orthoptist
Pharmacists 251511 hospital pharmacist
251512 industrial pharmacist
251513 retail pharmacist
Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals 251911 health promotion officer
251912 orthotist or prosthetist
251999 health diagnostic and promotion professionals (nec)
Chiropractors and Osteopaths 252111 chiropractor
252112 osteopath
Complementary Health Therapists 252211 acupuncturist
252213 naturopath
252214 traditional Chinese medicine practitioner
252299 complementary health therapists (nec)
Dental Practitioners 252311 dental specialist
252312 dentist (491 only)
Occupational Therapists 252411 occupational therapist
Physiotherapists 252511 physiotherapist
Podiatrists 252611 podiatrist
Audiologists and Speech Pathologists Therapists 252711 audiologist
252712 speech pathologist
General  Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers 253111 general practitioner
253112 resident medical officer
Anaesthetists 253211 anaesthetist (491 only)
Specialist Physicians 253311 specialist physician (general medicine)
253312 cardiologist
253313 clinical haematologist
253314 medical oncologist
253315 endocrinologist
253316 gastroenterologist
253317 intensive care specialist
253318 neurologist
253321 paediatrician
253322 renal medicine specialist
253323 rheumatologist
253324 thoracic medicine specialist
253399 specialist physicians (nec)
Surgeons 253511 surgeon (general)
253512 cardiothoracic surgeon
253513 neurosurgeon
253514 orthopaedic surgeon
253515 otorhinolaryngologist
253516 paediatric surgeon
253517 plastic and reconstructive surgeon
253518 urologist
253521 vascular surgeon
Psychiatrists 253411 psychiatrist
Other Medical Practitioners 253911 dermatologist
253912 emergency medicine specialist
253913 obstetrician and gynaecologist
253914 ophthalmologist
253915 pathologist
253917 diagnostic and interventional radiologist
253918 radiation oncologist
253999 medical practitioners (nec)
Midwives 254111 midwife
Nurse Educators and Researchers 254211 nurse educator
254212 nurse researcher
Nurse Managers 254311 nurse manager
Registered Nurses 254411 nurse practitioner
254412 registered nurse (aged care)
254413 registered nurse (child and family health)
254414 registered nurse (community health)
254415 registered nurse (critical care and emergency)
254416 registered nurse (developmental disability)
254417 registered nurse (disability and rehabilitation)
254418 registered nurse (medical)
254421 registered nurse (medical practice)
254422 registered nurse (mental health)
254423 registered nurse (perioperative)
254424 registered nurse (surgical)
254425 registered nurse (paediatrics)
254499 registered nurses (nec)
ICT Business and Systems Analysts 261111 ICT business analyst
261112 systems analyst
Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers 261211 multimedia specialist
261212 web developer
Software and Applications Programmers 261311 analyst programmer
261312 developer programmer
261313 software engineer
261314 software tester
261399 software and applications programmers (nec)
Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists 262111 database administrator
262112 ICT security specialist
262113 systems administrator
Computer Network Professionals 263111 computer network and systems engineer
263112 network administrator
263113 network analyst
ICT Support and Test Engineers 263211 ICT quality assurance engineer
263212 ICT support engineer
263213 ICT systems test engineer
263299 ICT support and test engineers (nec)
Telecommunications Engineering Professionals 263311 telecommunications engineer
263312 telecommunications network engineer
Solicitors 271311 solicitor
Counsellors 272111 careers counsellor
272112 drug and alcohol counsellor
272113 family and marriage counsellor
272114 rehabilitation counsellor
272115 student counsellor
272199 counsellors (nec)
Psychologists 272311 clinical psychologist
272312 educational psychologist
272313 organisational psychologist
272314 psychotherapist
272399 psychologists (nec)
Social Professionals 272412 interpreter
272413 translator (491 only)
272499 social professionals (nec)
Social Workers 272511 social worker
Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers 272611 community arts worker (491 only)
272612 recreation officer
272613 welfare worker
Medical Technicians 311211 anaesthetic technician
311212 cardiac technician
311213 medical laboratory technician
311214 operating theatre technician (491 only)
311215 pharmacy technician
311216 pathology collector (491 only)
311299 medical technicians (nec)
Science Technicians 311411 chemistry technician
311412 earth science technician
311413 life science technician
311499 science technicians (nec)
Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians 312111 architectural draftsperson
312113 building inspector
312114 construction estimator (491 only)
312116 surveying or spatial science technician (491 only)
312199 architectural, building and surveying technicians (nec)
Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 312211 civil engineering draftsperson
312212 civil engineering technician
Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 312311 electrical engineering draftsperson
312312 electrical engineering technician
Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians 312511 mechanical engineering draftsperson (491 only)
312512 mechanical engineering technician
Other Building and Engineering Technicians 312911 maintenance planner (491 only)
312912 metallurgical or materials technician
312999 building and engineering technicians (nec) (491 only)
ICT Support Technicians 313111 hardware technician
313112 ICT customer support officer
313113 web administrator
313199 ICT support technicians (nec)
Automotive Electricians 321111 automotive electrician
Motor Mechanics 321211 motor mechanic (general)
321212 diesel motor mechanic
321213 motorcycle mechanic
321214 small engine mechanic
Sheetmetal Trades Workers 322211 sheetmetal trades worker
Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers 322311 metal fabricator
322312 pressure welder
322313 welder (first class)
Aircraft Maintenance Engineers 323111 aircraft maintenance engineer (avionics)
323112 aircraft maintenance engineer (mechanical)
323113 aircraft maintenance engineer
Metal Fitters and Machinists 323211 fitter (general)
323212 fitter and turner
323213 fitter-welder
323214 metal machinist (first class)
323299 metal fitters and machinists (nec)
Precision Metal Trades Workers 323313 locksmith
323314 precision instrument maker and repairer
Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers 323412 toolmaker
Panelbeaters 324111 panelbeater
Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers 324211 vehicle body builder
324212 vehicle trimmer
Vehicle Painters 324311 vehicle painter (491 only)
Bricklayers and Stonemasons 331111 bricklayer
331112 stonemason
Carpenters and Joiners 331211 carpenter and joiner
331212 carpenter
331213 joiner
Floor Finishers 332111 floor finisher (491 only)
Painting Trades Workers 332211 painting trades worker
Glaziers 333111 glazier
Plasterers 333211 fibrous plasterer
333212 solid plasterer
Roof Tilers 333311 roof tiler
Wall and Floor Tilers 333411 wall and floor tiler
Plumbers 334111 plumber (general)
334112 airconditioning and mechanical services plumber
334113 drainer
334114 gasfitter
334115 roof plumber
Electricians 341111 electrician (general)
341112 electrician (special class)
341113 lift mechanic
Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics 342111 airconditioning and refrigeration mechanic
Electrical Distribution Trades Workers 342211 electrical linesworker (491 only)
342212 technical cable jointer
Electronics Trades Workers 342311 business machine mechanic
342313 electronic equipment trades worker
342314 electronic instrument trades worker (general)
342315 electronic instrument trades worker (special class)
Bakers and Pastrycooks 351111 baker
351112 pastrycook
Chefs 351311 chef
Cooks 351411 cook
Animal Attendants and Trainers 361111 dog handler or trainer
361112 horse trainer
361114 zookeeper (491 only)
361199 animal attendants and trainers (nec)
Veterinary Nurses 361311 veterinary nurse
Gardeners 362211 gardener (general)
362212 arborist
362213 landscape gardener
Hairdressers 391111 hairdresser
Upholsterers 393311 upholsterer
Cabinetmakers 394111 cabinetmaker
Ambulance Officers and Paramedics 411111 ambulance officer
411112 intensive care ambulance paramedic
Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists 411211 dental hygienist (491 only)
411213 dental technician
411214 dental therapist (491 only)
Diversional Therapists 411311 diversional therapist
Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses 411411 enrolled nurse
Massage Therapists 411611 massage therapist
Welfare Support Workers 411711 community worker
411712 disabilities services officer
411713 family support worker
411715 residential care officer
411716 youth worker
Fire and Emergency Workers 441211 emergency service worker (491 only)
Other Personal Service Workers 451815 first aid trainer (491 only)
Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials 452312 gymnastics coach or instructor
452313 horse riding coach or instructor
452314 snowsport instructor
452315 swimming coach or instructor
452316 tennis coach
452317 other sports coach or instructor
452321 sports development officer
Contract, Program and Project Administrators 511111 contract administrator
511112 program or project administrator
Other Miscellaneous Clerical and Administrative Workers 599915 clinical coder (491 only)
Insurance Investigators, Loss Adjusters and Risk Surveyors 599612 insurance loss adjuster
Real Estate Sales Agents 612112 property manager (491 only)
612115 real estate representative (491 only)

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