Frequently Asked Questions

What is ANZSCO?

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

ANZSCO 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.

Last update on the ANZSCO catalogue (version 1.3) took place on the 5 November 2019.

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2013, ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, 2013, Version 1.3, cat. no. 1220.0, http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/[email protected]/mf/1220.0 

What is Anzscosearch?

Anzscosearch (the tool) is a search engine based on the ANZSCO catalogue that combines all federal and State/Territory skilled occupation lists in one single place. It provides useful information for the General Skilled Migration program.

Anzscosearch is an all-in-one tool intending to help users find all available information about a specific occupation, including open possible visa options and State/Territory nomination availability.

Anzscosearch is daily reviewed and updated (if necessary).

We (Anzscosearch) are also Registered Migration Agents and we can provide immigration advice and assistance.

What does the Anzscosearch tool provide?

Anzscosearch provides up-to-date information about General skilled migration visas for Australia and information about all Australian State/Territory skilled occupation lists.

It also provides 6 types of search.

Search by ANZSCO

Access occupation-specific information, including visa options, state-territory eligibility, assessing authority and more.

Search by ANZSCO

Search by State/Territory

Access the specific State, Territory or Regional (and RDA) Skilled Occupation list.

Search by State/Territory

Search by Assessing Authority

Access the list of occupations filtered by a specific Assessing Authority.

Search by Assessing

Search by Skill Level

Access the list of occupations under a specific Skill Level.

Search by Skill Level

Search by Task

Access the list of occupations searching by their tasks.

Search by Task

Search by Unit Group

Access the list of occupations classified under a specific group.

Search by Unit Group

Where does the data come from?

Most of the data contained in Anzscosearch comes from official websites, including:

All relevant content and sources of information are appropriately credited and cited throughout the website.

Is the data provided accurate?

Anzscosearch data draws on information directly provided by third-party official websites and is thus as accurate as of the information on those websites.

Anzscosearch validation and verification processes ensure that all data published is as complete, accurate and reliable as possible.

How often does a Skilled Occupation List change?

Changes may occur daily. The frequency of these changes depends on all the different sources of information, including each Australian State and Territory or the Department of Home Affairs.

The links below provide a history of the last changes:

Does Anzscosearch provide immigration assistance?

Yes, Anzscosearch partners with Registered Migration Agents who can provide professional immigration advice and assistance.

Immigration assistance is defined in section 276 of the Migration Act 1958. In general terms “immigration assistance” refers to the provision of assistance in immigration matters to persons, including advising clients about sponsorship/nomination, assisting in the preparation and lodgement of applications, client representation etc.
It is illegal for a person to give “immigration assistance” if they are not a registered migration agent (s.280 MA).

Any information on this website, including information provided by the Anzscosearch Searching tool, is intended to provide a general overview of occupations’ availability and requirements only.

The information on this website is not immigration advice or assistance in relation to your individual circumstances and must not be understood as such.

Should you need advice or assistance in relation to your specific circumstances, it is in your interests to consult a Registered Migration Agent.

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What is the Skill Level?

In ANZSCO, the skill level is defined as a function of the range and complexity of the set of tasks performed in a particular occupation. The greater the range and complexity of the set of tasks, the greater the skill level of an occupation.

Skill Level is rated from 1 to 5.

Skill Level 1

Occupations at Skill Level 1 have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Skill Level 2

Occupations at Skill Level 2 have a level of skill commensurate with one of the following:

  • NZQF Diploma or
  • AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Skill Level 3

Occupations at Skill Level 3 have a level of skill commensurate with one of the following:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification
  • AQF Certificate IV or
  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training.

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Skill Level 4

Occupations at Skill Level 4 have a level of skill commensurate with one of the following:

  • NZQF Level 2 or 3 qualification or
  • AQF Certificate II or III.

At least one year of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Skill Level 5

Occupations at Skill Level 5 have a level of skill commensurate with one of the following:

  • NZQF Level 1 qualification
  • AQF 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.
In some instances, no formal qualification or on-the-job training may be required.

What is the AQF?

AQF stands for Australian Qualifications Framework and it specifies the standards for educational qualifications in Australia.

The AQF structure is based on 10 different levels. AQF levels and the AQF levels criteria are an indication of the relative complexity and/or depth of achievement and the autonomy required to demonstrate that achievement. AQF level 1 has the lowest complexity and AQF level 10 has the highest complexity.

AQF Levels

  • Level 1 – Certificate I
  • Level 2 – Certificate II
  • Level 3 – Certificate III
  • Level 4 – Certificate IV
  • Level 5 – Diploma
  • Level 6 – Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree
  • Level 7 – Bachelor Degree
  • Level 8 – Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma
  • Level 9 – Masters Degree
  • Level 10 – Doctoral Degree

https://www.aqf.edu.au/aqf-qualifications