THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT) SKILLS IN DEMAND LIST
QUOTA LIST OF OCCUPATIONS
The ACT ‘Skills in Demand List’ (SDL) identifies occupations that are in demand in Canberra. In
order to manage the program successfully and sponsor occupations that will be of benefit to
Canberra’s economy, the SDL has been separated into a Baseline and Quota List.
SDL ‘Off-List’ Quota. The ACT Government has introduced a ‘Quota’ system, which limits
the number of places offered in each occupation according to demand. Applicants seeking
sponsorship for a quota occupation must contact the Skilled and Business Migration team by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org, to verify that the quota is still open for the nominated
occupation before lodging the sponsorship application (see sponsorship guidelines for further
The SDL Quota List will be updated on a monthly basis to show the current status of the quota
against each occupation, as demonstrated below:
Closed Closed: Sponsorship places are not available for this occupation.
Limited Limited: Sponsorship places are limited for this occupation.
Open Open: Sponsorship places are available for this occupation.
The occupations listed do not relate to a specific job vacancy, nor represent a guarantee of a job in
a specific occupation. The applicant should understand that the ACT Government is NOT
responsible for finding them employment or for providing any form of financial assistance.
Applicants must compete for positions with all people in the labour market as part of the normal
selection process. Success will depend on employer requirements, relevant skills and experience
and level of English ability.
Skilled-Sponsored Subclass 176 applicants must meet the following ACT Government sponsorship criteria:
Managers and Administrators: Minimum five years recent, relevant work experience in the nominated
occupation and Proficient IELTS* (a score of 7 in each band).
Professionals: Minimum three years recent, relevant work experience in the nominated occupation; minimum
IELTS* 7 in speaking (and a minimum score of 7 overall).
Associate professionals: Minimum three years recent, relevant work experience in the nominated occupation;
minimum IELTS* 7 in speaking (and a minimum score of 7 overall).
Trades: Minimum three years recent, relevant experience in the nominated occupation; Competent IELTS* (and
a minimum score of 6.5 in speaking).
Skilled-Sponsored Subclass 886 applicants must meet the following ACT Government sponsorship criteria:
All applicants must meet the minimum English criteria above.
Canberra graduates must have at least three months post graduate, full time, ACT work experience in the
nominated quota occupation.
Interstate graduates must have at least six months, full time, ACT work experience in the nominated occupation.
*IELTS International English Language Testing System. Note: You will not be required to show evidence of your English language
ability if you hold a passport from one of the following countries: • United Kingdom • Canada • New Zealand • United States of
America • Republic of Ireland.
GPO Box 158, Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: 1800 244 650 (Toll Free Australia);
or +61 13 22 81 (International)
ASCO MANAGERS AND ADMINISTRATORS Quota
1112 General Manager open
1191 Building and Construction open
1211 Finance Manager open
1213 Human Resource Manager open
1223 Supply and Distribution Manager limited
1224 Information Technology Manager open
1231 Sales and Marketing Manager open
1291 Policy and Planning Managers Senior government experience open
1292 Health Services Manager limited
1293 Education Manager limited
1299 Research and Development Government R&D experience open
2113 Life Scientists Current ACT employment open
Environmental and Agricultural Current ACT employment open
2114 Science Professionals
2119 Natural and Physical Science Current ACT employment open
2121 Landscape Architects open
Five years experience in: promotions; open
Marketing and Advertising event management; project management.
2222 Technical Sales Representatives closed
2291 Human Resource Professionals Five years experience open
2292 Librarian Proficient English open
Mathematicians, Statisticians Job offer preferable limited
Business and Organisation Five years experience open
2295 Property Professionals Valuer experience limited
2299 Business and Information Five years Senior Government open
Professionals experience: policy analysis, frontline
management; corporate governance etc.
2391 Medical Imaging Professionals limited
2392 Veterinarians limited
2393 Dieticians limited
2411 Teachers – Pre-Primary School Long day care experience open
2413 Teacher – Secondary school Mathematics, science, ICT, commerce / open
2422 Teacher – Vocational Education ICT/ trades limited
2493 Education Officer open
2511 Social Workers limited
2512 Welfare and Community Workers open
2513 Counsellor open
2514 Psychologists open
2521 Legal Professionals open
2522 Economist open
2523 Urban and Regional Planners Strategic town planning experience, urban limited
2533 Designer and Illustrators Graphic/Industrial designer/illustrator open
2534 Journalists and Related Editor, Print Journalist, or Copywriter open
IELTS ‘8’ in writing
2543 Occupational and Environmental closed
2549 Other Professionals Conservator, Museum or Gallery Curator open
Power Building; Java Script; Delphi;
Computing Professionals (nec)
Lotus Notes; Progress; Powerhouse;
Specialisations NOT on the MODL
COBOL; Networking/LAN/WAN; IPX;
must be assessed by the relevant
SNA; Advanced Web Design; ; CORBA;
2231-79 ACT based body as having at least open
HP-UX; VMS; Systems analysis; PKI; E-
1 year experience in one of the
Commerce security (non programming);
following specialisations before the
GIS (eg: Mapinfo); DB2; Sybase SQL
sponsorship is lodged
Server; DB2; Sybase SQL Server;
3121 Building Associate Professionals open
3123 Electrical Engineering Associate limited
3124 Electronic Engineering Associate open
3213 Financial Investment Advisor closed
3291 Office Manager Proficient English; open
3292 Program or Project Administrator Proficient English; government project open
/ Management management, engineering, architectural,
surveying or capital works.
3293 Real Estate Associate
3294 Computing Support Technicians open
3323 Hotel and Motel Manager limited
3421 Welfare Associate Professionals open
3997 Library Technician closed
4112 Metal Fitters and Machinists open
4115 Precision Metal trades limited
4122 Structural Steel and Welding closed
4124 Sheet Metal Trades limited
4216 Vehicle Trimmer limited
4313 Electrical Distribution
4315 Electronic and Office Equipment Supervisor experience
4422 Sign Writers limited
4621 Nurseryperson limited
4622 Greenkeeper limited
4623 Gardeners open
4911 Graphic Pre Press limited
4912 Printing Machinists and Small
4929 Other Wood Tradespersons limited
4982 Glass Trades person limited
4992 Performing Arts Support open