Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations

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What is ANZSCO?

ANZSCO stands for the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations. In other words, it is the skill-based classification used to categorize all occupations and jobs undertaken in the labour markets of Australia and New Zealand.

The custodians of ANZSCO are the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Stats New Zealand. These agencies have developed ANZSCO as a joint project which was published and released to the public in 2006. ANZSCO is continuously revised, forming a backbone of skilled and employer-sponsored migration schemes.

ANZSCO

ANZSCO Categories

The ANZSCO is categorized into 8 parts according to industry.

1

Manager

2

Professionals

3

Technicians and Trade Workers

4

Community and Personal Service Workers

5

Clerical and Administrative Workers

6

Sales Workers

7

Machinery Operators and Drivers

8

Labourers

Skill Levels of ANZSCO

Categories at all levels have an indicative skill level which describes the skill level for most occupations in that category.

  • Occupations that have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification.
  • At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for formal qualifications.
  • Occupations that have a level of skill commensurate with an Australian Qualifications Framework Associate degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma.
  • At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for formal qualifications.
  • Occupations that have a level of skill commensurate with an Australian Qualifications Framework Certificate IV or Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training.
  • At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for formal qualifications.
  • Occupations that have a level of skill commensurate with an Australian Qualifications Framework Certificate II or III.
  • At least one year of relevant experience may substitute for formal qualifications.
  • Occupations that have a level of skill commensurate with an Australian Qualifications Framework Certificate I or compulsory secondary education.
  • For some occupations a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification.
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