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This classification presents a method of classifying data for cultural and leisure occupations. The Occupation Classification is drawn directly from the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). The codes used in the Occupation Classification are the codes used in ANZSCO to represent particular occupations.
The Occupation Classification of the ACLC categorises occupations which are predominantly cultural or leisure in nature. Occupations were selected because they are intrinsically ‘creative’ (e.g. 211413 ’Sculptor’), represent a sport-playing activity (e.g. 452412 ’Golfer’), or have a role in enabling others to play sport (e.g. 139915 ’Sports administrator’); undertake physical recreation (e.g. 452215 ’Outdoor adventure instructor’); or participate in a cultural or leisure activity (e.g. 224611 ’Librarian’). An occupation is also included if it is predominantly found in cultural or leisure businesses, hence the inclusion of occupations 392311 ’Printing machinist’ and 899921 ’Ticket collector/usher’.
The classification is intended to be used to categorise work which may be paid or unpaid (e.g. Library assistant and Gallery or museum attendant), but not participation which is in the form of a personal hobby or recreation activity. For example, while the ACLC Occupation Classification could be used to classify the occupation of professional tennis players (as this is their work), it is not intended to classify the activity of social tennis players as their participation is in the form of recreation rather than work.
For a relatively small number of ANZSCO occupations, a variety of different specialisations are covered by one occupation. This occurs most frequently when the numbers of people working in these specialisations are too small to be usefully identified separately in any ABS published output. It should be noted that some specialised cultural and leisure occupations are not separately identified by this classification and instead may be included in a broader occupation category. For example, the occupation of Illustrator includes the specialisations of Animator and Cartoonist.
There are instances where some specialisations included within particular ANZSCO occupations are culture or leisure in nature, while some specialisations are not. Analysis was undertaken in the initial development of the ACLC to ensure that only those occupations were included where culture or leisure specialisations were predominant. This led to some occupations being excluded because the culture and leisure specialisations were a relatively minor component of that occupation. For instance, the occupation 139999 ’Specialist managers n.e.c.’ is excluded from the ACLC Occupation Classification even though it includes relevant specialisations (e.g. Bishop) because most of the people whose main job was classified to that occupation were working in jobs which were not related to the culture or leisure sectors (e.g. Airport manager, Ambassador and Harbour master).
Similarly, some occupations have been included in the classification because the majority of people whose main job was classified to those occupations were in specialisations which are related to culture or leisure. For example, ANZSCO occupation 899711 ’Vending machine attendant’ is included in the ACLC Occupation Classification because the majority of the people whose main job was classified to that occupation were working in jobs related to culture and leisure.