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2016 Census Dictionary >> Glossary >> Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)


Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO)

The 2006 Census used the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), First Edition to classify occupation question responses. In 2009, ANZSCO was updated and used for the 2011 Census (ANZSCO, First Edition, Revision 1). ANZSCO was further updated in 2013 (ANZSCO Version 1.2) and this version will be used for the 2016 Census.

The structure of ANZSCO has five hierarchical levels - major group, sub-major group, minor group, unit group and occupation. The classification as used by the Census can be seen in the Classifications section of this Dictionary listed under the mnemonic OCCP (Occupation).

The categories at the most detailed level of the ANZSCO structure are called 'occupations'. An 'occupation' is defined as a set of jobs that require the performance of similar or identical sets of tasks.

A 'job' is defined as a set of tasks designed to be performed by one person for an employer (including self-employment) in return for payment or profit.

The complete ANZSCO classification is published in ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, Version 1.2 (cat.no. 1220.0). This publication also includes information about alternative views, which are ways of looking at subsets of occupations on the basis of the primary goods and services produced or provided by the employer.

See also Occupation (OCCP).




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