AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND STANDARD CLASSIFICATION OF OCCUPATIONS (ANZSCO)
Population Statistics Standards
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra
Telephone (02) 6252 7073
The Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) was developed jointly by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Statistics New Zealand (Statistics NZ) and the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) for use in the collection, publication and analysis of occupation statistics.
ANZSCO replaces the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition and the New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (NZSCO) 1999 used in Australia and New Zealand, respectively. ANZSCO is intended to provide an integrated framework for storing, organising and reporting occupation-related information in both statistical and client-oriented applications, such as matching job seekers to job vacancies and providing career information. The use of ANZSCO will result in improved comparability of occupation statistics produced by the two countries.
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'. These are the same hierarchical levels that were used in ASCO Second Edition and NZSCO 1999.
Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), 2006 (ABS cat. no. 1220.0) was released on 11 September 2006 and provides details of: the conceptual basis of ANZSCO, the structure of the classification, definitions for all levels of the classification, and summary concordances with ASCO Second Edition and NZSCO 1999 classifications.
Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) Coder, 2007 (ABS cat. no. 1220.0.30.001)
To facilitate international comparison of occupation statistics, a correspondence between ANZSCO and the International Standard Classification of Occupations (ISCO-88) has been developed. The International Labour Organization is currently updating ISCO-88, which is expected to be released around March 2009 (as 'ISCO-08'). A correspondence between ANZSCO and ISCO-08 will be provided following the release of ISCO-08.