The Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is a skill-based classification used to classify all occupations and jobs in the Australian and New Zealand labour markets.
ANZSCO is maintained by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and consists of a list of occupations, each of which is assigned a unique 6-digit code. The list is reviewed and updated periodically to reflect changes in the labor market and the economy. The last update on the ANZSCO catalogue (version 2022) took place on 22 November 2022.
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.