ANZSCO stands for Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations.

It was developed jointly by the following organisations for use in the collection, publication and analysis of occupation statistics:

  • The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
  • Statistics New Zealand
  • The Department of Education and Training

ANZSCO is a skill-based classification used to classify all occupations and jobs in the Australian and New Zealand labour markets.

The structure of ANZSCO has five hierarchical levels - major group, sub-major group, minor group, unit group and occupation. The categories at the most detailed level of the classification are termed 'occupations'. These are grouped together to form 'unit groups', which in turn are grouped into 'minor groups'. Minor groups are aggregated to form 'sub-major groups' which in turn are aggregated at the highest level to form 'major groups'.

ANZSCO will also be used within those skilled visa programs, where this is a requirement for visa eligibility, as the standard by which a visa applicant's skills to undertake a specific nominated skilled occupation in Australia are assessed.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics 2013, ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, 2013, Version 1.2, cat. no. 1220.0, http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/1220.0