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2016 Census Dictionary >> Glossary >> Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC)


Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC)

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) is a classification that provides a framework for organising data about businesses by grouping business units carrying out similar productive activities.

ANZSIC was first published in 1993, this was then revised and re-released in February 2006. Minor revisions to ANZSIC 2006 were released in September 2008 (Revision 1).This minor revision made no changes to the scope, concepts and structure of the classification Industry of employment questions in the 2011 Census were coded using ANZSIC 2006, Revision 1. More minor revisions to ANZSIC 2006 were released in June 2013 (Revision 2). For the 2016 Census ANZSIC 2006, Revision 2 will be used to code Industry of employment.

Since the 2011 Census, employed persons are coded to an ANZSIC class according to the predominant activity of their employer, and the main goods produced, or main services provided, by the employer's business. This information is sourced from Questions 42 and 43 on the paper Census Household Form.

A modified version of the ANZSIC classification is used for the Census which incorporates additional not further defined (nfd) categories. These are used to facilitate the coding of businesses for which insufficient information has been provided to enable coding to a defined class.

An example of an nfd class is 'Class 2510: Furniture Manufacturing, nfd'. This class may apply if the response to the industry questions on the Census form were 'furniture manufacturing', that is, it could not be determined which one of the following defined classes of group 251 actually applies:
  • Class 2511 Wooden Furniture and Upholstered Seat Manufacturing
  • Class 2512 Metal Furniture Manufacturing.

For more information refer to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (cat. no. 1292.0).

See also Industry of Employment (INDP).




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