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.

Reference: 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 the Skill Level?

In ANZSCO, 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:

  • NZ Register 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:

  • NZ Register 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:

  • NZ Register 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:

  • NZ Register 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

Reference: http://www.aqf.edu.au/aqf/in-detail/aqf-qualifications/ 

What is the Anzscosearch Searching tool?

The Anzscosearch Searching tool is a comprehensive search facility based on ANZSCO and the General Skilled Migration program.

The Anzscosearch Searching tool is an ALL-in-ONE searching tool intending to help users find all available information about a specific occupation, including open possible visa options and State/Territory sponsorship availability.

Anzscosearch is daily updated. All changes are processed within 24 hours (maximum) after occurrence.

Anzscosearch also provides immigration advice and assistance in relation to all Australian visas types

What does the Anzscosearch Searching tool provide?

  • Up-to-date information about General Skilled Migration visas for Australia
  • Up-to-date information about all Australian State Skilled Occupation Lists
  • 7 types of search:
Search by ANZSCO code

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

Search by ANZSCO group

Access the complete list of skilled occupations classified under a specific group.

Search by Assessing

Access the complete list of skilled occupations assessed by a selected Assessing Authority.

Search by Australian State

Access the specific and complete State or Territory Nominated Occupation list.

Search by Keyword

Access the complete list of all skilled occupations containing a specific word within their name.

Search by Skill level

Access the complete list of all skilled occupations grouped under a specific skill level.

Search by Task

Access a list of skilled occupations containing that word within their tasks' list.

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 the information on those websites.

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

Anzscosearch Registered users

To gain access to all information and tools, we recommend that you become a  Registered User. If you are not, the information provided on lists may not be as complete as if you are.

How often does a State/Territory 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 last changes:

Does Anzscosearch provide Immigration Assistance?

Yes, Anzscosearch partners with Registered Migration Agents who can provide Immigration advice and assistance in relation to Australian visas.

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 in 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 in 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. For ethical and professional immigration advice please visit our visa services page.