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Review of ANZSCO - Feedback Needed 18 Jun 2022

Do you know your ANZSCO?

ANZSCO stands for the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations. It is a skill-based classification of all the occupations and jobs in Australia. ANZSCO is used primarily for the purposes of labour market analysis, addressing skilled labour shortages through skilled migration, and pre-empting and addressing skill shortages through education and training pathways. Workforce strategies can be developed to ensure we have the workers we need in the right place at the right time.

Click on the link here to look up your occupation. Do you think their description adequately describes what you do (or what you would like to do)? Is the indicative skill level and typical tasks correct?

Skills in ANZSCO

Skill refers to "the ability to competently perform the tasks associated with an occupation" and is measured by considering skill level and skill specialisation. Each occupation is defined as a set of jobs that require the performance of similar or identical set of tasks. It is the criteria which determines the set of jobs aggregated into an occupation, and which occupations are combined within the same Major Group.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) needs our help!

There are six key areas of concern regarding ANZSCOs 2006 concept and measurement of skill - see below. They have been identified by stakeholders and users of ANZSCO via targeted consultation undertaken by the ABS and in response to the publication of the Skills Problem Statement in March 2022.

  1. ANZSCOs skill level does not reflect the contemporary Australian labour market

  2. Micro-credentials and other training outside the AQF are not adequately reflected in ANZSCO

  3. Use of non-uniform language and inconsistent terminology

  4. ANZSCO does not support identification of job pathways or mobility across occupations

  5. Skill level and specialisation do not reflect competency

  6. "Skill level" and "skill specialisation" can be misleading

Please click here to access the document for proposals to address the above key areas of concern identified by ANZSCO stakeholders.

Maintaining ANZSCO

For the serious ANZSCO fans out there, the ABS is also requesting feedback on core components of a maintenance strategy. The core components of this new approach are presented here and have been designed to deliver more frequent and timely updates to the classification in a sustainable ongoing manner, to keep it reflective of the contemporary labour market.

If you would like to provide feedback on either of these issues, you can do so directly on the ABS website where you will find two simple questionnaires:

A submission Guide can be found here and the closing date is the 26th July. Alternatively, you can give us a call for an informal chat and we can include your feedback in our submission:

Kay: 0408 901 046 (Agriculture, Food Manufacturing, Animal Care, Environment and Conservation)

Janine: 0421 351 027 (Forestry, Timber Trades, Glazing, Flooring, Textiles, Clothing and Footwear)


Would you be interested in joining a webinar on this topic? We would be happy to host a discussion on Monday 24th July @ 11.30am, if there is demand. Please RSVP here if this would be of help to you.


Please note that there will be additional consultations for the ANZSCO Codes in this document in September 2022 and FFTITC will also run a webinar to collect feedback for our occupations :

394111 Cabinetmaker

333111 Glazier

332111 Floor Finisher

331213 Joiner


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