The Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is a list of occupations that outlines the tasks and duties normally undertaken in an occupation, the level of qualification and/or amount of work experience required to work in an occupation and the skill level of an occupation.
The ANZSCO structure is based on a five-level hierarchy. Each individual occupation is at the most detailed level of the hierarchy and has a unique six digit code assigned to it.
The ANZSCO assigns each occupation to one of five skill levels. Skill levels one and two are considered skilled, while positions at skill level three, four or five are considered semi, low or unskilled respectively.
The ANZSCO is available on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.
Learn more about how the ANZSCO works.
Occupations are described within the ANZSCO broadly, therefore some job descriptions submitted with visa applications will not be a perfect match with the ANZSCO description. When you are looking for an occupation in the ANZSCO to include as part of a visa application, try to find the best match possible, namely the ANZSCO occupation that is most similar to the job description being included as part of the visa application. When assessing Skilled Migrant Category resident visa applications and Essential Skills work visa applications, Immigration New Zealand will consider whether a particular job is a substantial match to the ANZSCO occupation.
There are two ways to find an occupation in the ANZSCO.
This method is suitable where the job title for the occupation you are looking for usually contains a standard word or phrase, for example ‘barista’. Enter one or two key words from the job title into the search facility. This will display occupations related to that word.
Be aware that if the word you enter appears in a large number of occupations, for example ‘manager’, a large number of results will be returned.
This method is suitable if the occupation you are looking for has a variety of alternative job titles, or if you are unable to find a good match using the key word search method.
If you think you have selected the wrong Group, navigate back and try a different Group.
Sometimes you may have to use an occupation with ‘NEC’ (Not Elsewhere Classified) in the title. NEC occupations often act as a catchall for specialised occupations not otherwise covered within the ANZSCO