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ACT Updates 190 and 491 Visa April 2023

We received a newsletter from Hans Van Deursen, the director of ACT Migration. We have received great insights on what to expect in the next two months of this financial year. Let’s have a look at all the ACT Updates 190 and 491 Visa.

This financial year, the ACT received 2,025 nomination places for the Skilled Nominated (190) visa subclass, 2,025 for the Skilled Work Regional (491) visa subclass, and 10 for the Business Innovation and Investment Program.


This is a significant increase in total nomination places, double the last financial year.

As of Monday, 17 April 2023:

  • ACT has provided 1,392 Provisional Skilled Regional Work visa (subclass 491) nominations, which means ACT has 633 places left.

  • ACT Has provided

  • 1,175 Permanent Skilled Independent visa (subclass 190) nominations, which means ACT has 850 nominations to go.

  • ACT has provided 10 Business Innovation and Investment nominations. As such, the Business Innovation and Investment Program is now closed.

ACT must process 1,488 nominations, or just over 600 a month. You can therefore expect the number of invitations to increase, which will also likely result in lower minimum scores meriting an invitation. This means there are a few things you may wish to consider

  • The minimum Canberra Matrix score required to receive an invitation to apply for ACT nomination of a 190 visa will likely continue to drop. The minimum Canberra Matrix score needed to obtain an invitation for a 190 has been 70. However, ACT has invited applicants at 65 points for certain priority occupations and occupations without many successful applicants. These scores are not fixed and may drop further depending on occupation demand and the numbers of remaining places, Matrix submissions received, and migrants already nominated for that specific occupation. ACT encourages all interested applicants to submit a Canberra Matrix for 190 nominations

  • Despite this, overseas residents are still more likely to receive an invitation under the 491 pathway. The minimum Canberra Matrix score required to obtain an invitation to date has been 60. However, ACT has invited applicants at 50 points for overseas applicants, certain priority occupations, and/or occupations where they have not had many successful applicants to date. These scores are not fixed and may vary depending on occupation demand and the number of remaining places, Matrix submissions received, and migrants already nominated for that specific occupation.

Please note: these scores are indicative only, and no minimum scores are guaranteed. Depending on the number of Matrix submissions ACT receives (per occupation), the scores of those submissions, and the number of migrants ACT nominates (per occupation and by residency status), the scores above may increase or decrease.


Update to the ACT Nomination Guidelines and ACT Critical Skills List

Both the size and composition of the ACT migration program have changed considerably. As I noted in my previous update, these changes, combined with continuing skills shortages in the ACT, impact the ACT Skilled Migration program settings.

The continuing skills shortages mean that 128 occupations have been added.


Invitation Rounds for ACT Updates 190 and 491 Visa

ACT will continue to send fortnightly invitation rounds. You can expect the size of invitation rounds to increase over the next few weeks steadily.

Please note ACT may invite lower scores depending on a range of factors. Every month, ACT assesses the number of nominations per occupation to ensure they invite a broad range of applicants. Suppose an occupation is in a priority field with few Canberra Matrix submissions or nominations for it. In that case, ACT will consider lowering the minimum occupation score on a case-by-case basis.

ACT Government continues to prioritize increasing the number of nominations for overseas residents. This means you will see an increase in invitations for overseas residents.


Some changes that have been announced are

  1. Employment Criteria have been eased for ACT nomination of a 491 and 190 visa. The minimum hourly requirement an applicant must work weekly has been reduced (from 20 to 15 for a 491 and 35 to 30 for a 190). • Employment does not need to be fully continuous. Applicants need to meet the employment requirements for a set number of weeks in a given period (13 weeks out of 15 for a 491 and 26 out of 30 for a 190).

  2. The minimum required English level has been lowered for those applicants applying for ACT Nomination for a 491 visa. Applicants can now obtain ACT nomination for a 491 visa with ‘Competent’ English at the date of Canberra Matrix submission.

  3. The minimum threshold for 482 visa holders has been reduced. • Applicants can now receive an invitation at 60 points.

  4. Applicants can claim Matrix points for the length of ACT residence when they have been away from Canberra for more than six weeks under certain conditions. Applicants claiming more than two years of ACT residence can be away from Canberra for up to 12 weeks in a year.

  5. Applicants can claim Canberra Matrix points for the length of ACT residence when they have previously worked in Regional NSW (within commuting distance from the ACT) while living in the ACT.

  6. Please note: the eligibility criteria have not changed; applicants must still work in Canberra at the date of Canberra Matrix submission to be eligible for ACT nomination.

  7. The renomination policy has been amended.



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