1220.0.55.001 - Occupation Standard, 2018  
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Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations.

Field of knowledge required
This indicates the subject matter knowledge which is essential to the tasks performed.

Formal education and training
The level and amount of education and training required for competent performance of the tasks required in an occupation. It is measured in terms of educational qualifications as set out in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) in practise at the time of the development of ANZSCO (2002 version of AQF).

Goods or services produced or provided
The end product of the performance of the tasks of an occupation. It includes physical goods, personal or other services, or abstract goods such as a software application or statistical information.

Hand tools
Equipment which is small enough to be moved by one person.

A set of tasks designed to be performed by one person for an employer (including self-employment) in return for payment, profit, commission or payment in kind.

Last job
An unemployed person's most recent job.

Main job
The job in which the person usually works the most hours.

Materials worked on
Materials of both a tangible and abstract nature which are extracted, processed, transformed, refined or fabricated as an essential part of the tasks performed. Examples of materials worked on include wood, metal, livestock, accounting data, text, people and organisations.

Nominally, an occupation is a set of jobs with similar sets of tasks. In practice, an occupation is a collection of jobs sufficiently similar in their main tasks (in terms of skill level and specialisation) to be grouped together for classification purposes.

Previous experience
The time spent gaining work experience in related occupations or activities required for the competent performance of the tasks in an occupation, measured in months or years.

For the purposes of ANZSCO, skill refers to the ability to perform the tasks of an occupation.

Skill level
A function of the range and complexity of the set of tasks involved. The greater the range and complexity of the set of tasks, the greater the skill level of the occupation.

Skill specialisation
The criterion used to group occupations in ANZSCO according to the type of skill rather than the level of skill. The skill specialisation of an occupation is a function of the field of knowledge required, tools or equipment used, materials worked on, and goods or services provided in relation to the tasks performed.

Tools or equipment used
All forms of plant, machinery, computer-based equipment or hand tools used in the performance of the tasks, as well as intellectual tools such as personal interaction, and art or design techniques.