1220.0.55.001 - Occupation Standard, 2018  
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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) occupation variables are coded using the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) Version 1.3 (ABS catalogue number 1220.0).

It should be noted that the titles used in ANZSCO Version 1.3 are intended to unambiguously convey the clearest possible idea of the nature of the particular occupation. However, in some instances, the same job titles are used by different industries to describe different occupations (e.g. business analyst). Nor are the titles used in ANZSCO Version 1.3 an exhaustive list of all titles used by people to describe an occupation (e.g. brickie, sparky, RN). Therefore, the ANZSCO Index of Principal Titles, Alternative Titles and Specialisations should not be used to code occupation information.

Responses to questions on occupation are coded using computer assisted coding (CAC) methodology which incorporates a purpose-built coding index containing numerous common descriptions of occupations (including vernacular terms). For more information on coding using CAC see Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) Coder, 2013 (cat. no. 1220.0.30.001).

The ANZSCO Coder is available from the ABS (email standards@abs.gov.au).

Input categories

The standard input categories for collecting Occupation are the 6-digit categories in ANZSCO Version 1.3.

Coding indexes

Coding indexes have been developed to facilitate the coding of responses to the questions specified in 'Collecting the data' to the 6-digit level of ANZSCO Version 1.3 and are updated by the ABS on a regular basis. A master coding index is maintained by the Statistical Standards and Infrastructure section of the ABS to ensure consistency across all applications of the classification.