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Occupation (OCCP)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

This variable describes the occupation of the main job held by employed people in the week prior to Census night. 

Standard output for occupation data is at the 1, 2, 3 or 4-digit level of the classification. However, in some cases Occupation (6 digit level) (OCC06P) data may be made available. 

Scope

Employed persons aged 15 years and over

Categories

Occupation is coded using the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), 2013, Version 1.3. The categories are listed in groups below. The full list is available from the Data downloads on this page. 

1 Managers

1Managers  
 10Managers nfd 
  100Managers nfd
   1000Managers nfd
 11Chief Executives, General Managers and Legislators
  111Chief Executives, General Managers and Legislators
   1110Chief Executives, General Managers and Legislators nfd
   1111Chief Executives and Managing Directors
   1112General Managers
   1113Legislators
 12Farmers and Farm Managers
  121Farmers and Farm Managers
   1210Farmers and Farm Managers nfd
   1211Aquaculture Farmers
   1212Crop Farmers
   1213Livestock Farmers
   1214Mixed Crop and Livestock Farmers
 13Specialist Managers 
  130Specialist Managers nfd
   1300Specialist Managers nfd
  131Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers
   1311Advertising, Public Relations and Sales Managers
  132Business Administration Managers
   1320Business Administration Managers nfd
   1321Corporate Services Managers
   1322Finance Managers
   1323Human Resource Managers
   1324Policy and Planning Managers
   1325Research and Development Managers
  133Construction, Distribution and Production Managers
   1330Construction, Distribution and Production Managers nfd
   1331Construction Managers
   1332Engineering Managers
   1333Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers
   1334Manufacturers
   1335Production Managers
   1336Supply, Distribution and Procurement Managers
  134Education, Health and Welfare Services Managers
   1340Education, Health and Welfare Services Managers nfd
   1341Child Care Centre Managers
   1342Health and Welfare Services Managers
   1343School Principals
   1344Other Education Managers
  135ICT Managers
   1351ICT Managers
  139 Miscellaneous Specialist Managers
   1390Miscellaneous Specialist Managers nfd
   1391Commissioned Officers (Management)
   1392Senior Non-commissioned Defence Force Members
   1399Other Specialist Managers
 14Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers
  140Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers nfd
   1400Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers nfd
  141Accommodation and Hospitality Managers
   1410Accommodation and Hospitality Managers nfd
   1411Cafe and Restaurant Managers
   1412Caravan Park and Camping Ground Managers
   1413Hotel and Motel Managers
   1414Licensed Club Managers
   1419Other Accommodation and Hospitality Managers
  142Retail Managers
   1421Retail Managers
  149Miscellaneous Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers
   1490Miscellaneous Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers nfd
   1491Amusement, Fitness and Sports Centre Managers
   1492Call or Contact Centre and Customer Service Managers
   1493Conference and Event Organisers
   1494Transport Services Managers
   1499Other Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers

2 Professionals

2Professionals  
 20Professionals nfd 
  200Professionals nfd
    2000 Professionals nfd
 21Arts and Media Professionals
  210Arts and Media Professionals nfd
   2100Arts and Media Professionals nfd
  211Arts Professionals
   2110Arts Professionals nfd
   2111Actors, Dancers and Other Entertainers
   2112Music Professionals
   2113Photographers
   2114Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals
  212Media Professionals
   2120Media Professionals nfd
   2121Artistic Directors, and Media Producers and Presenters
   2122Authors, and Book and Script Editors
   2123Film, Television, Radio and Stage Directors
   2124Journalists and Other Writers
 22Business, Human Resource and Marketing Professionals
  220Business, Human Resource and Marketing Professionals nfd
   2200Business, Human Resource and Marketing Professionals nfd
  221Accountants, Auditors and Company Secretaries
   2210Accountants, Auditors and Company Secretaries nfd
   2211Accountants
   2212Auditors, Company Secretaries and Corporate Treasurers
  222Financial Brokers and Dealers, and Investment Advisers
   2220Financial Brokers and Dealers, and Investment Advisers nfd
   2221Financial Brokers
   2222Financial Dealers
   2223Financial Investment Advisers and Managers
  223Human Resource and Training Professionals
   2230Human Resource and Training Professionals nfd
   2231Human Resource Professionals
   2232ICT Trainers
   2233Training and Development Professionals
   224Information and Organisation Professionals
   2240Information and Organisation Professionals nfd
   2241Actuaries, Mathematicians and Statisticians
   2242Archivists, Curators and Records Managers
   2243Economists
   2244Intelligence and Policy Analysts
   2245Land Economists and Valuers
   2246Librarians
   2247Management and Organisation Analysts
   2249Other Information and Organisation Professionals
  225Sales, Marketing and Public Relations Professionals
   2250Sales, Marketing and Public Relations Professionals nfd
   2251Advertising and Marketing Professionals
   2252ICT Sales Professionals
   2253Public Relations Professionals
   2254Technical Sales Representatives
 23Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals
  230Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals nfd
   2300Design, Engineering, Science and Transport Professionals nfd
  231Air and Marine Transport Professionals
   2310Air and Marine Transport Professionals nfd
   2311Air Transport Professionals
   2312Marine Transport Professionals
  232Architects, Designers, Planners and Surveyors
   2320Architects, Designers, Planners and Surveyors nfd
   2321Architects and Landscape Architects
   2322Surveyors and Spatial Scientists
   2323Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers
   2324Graphic and Web Designers, and Illustrators
   2325Interior Designers
   2326Urban and Regional Planners
  233Engineering Professionals
   2330Engineering Professionals nfd
   2331Chemical and Materials Engineers
   2332Civil Engineering Professionals
   2333Electrical Engineers
   2334Electronics Engineers
   2335Industrial, Mechanical and Production Engineers
   2336Mining Engineers
   2339Other Engineering Professionals
  234Natural and Physical Science Professionals
   2340Natural and Physical Science Professionals nfd
   2341Agricultural and Forestry Scientists
   2342Chemists, and Food and Wine Scientists
   2343Environmental Scientists
   2344Geologists, Geophysicists and Hydrogeologists
   2345Life Scientists
   2346Medical Laboratory Scientists
   2347Veterinarians
   2349Other Natural and Physical Science Professionals
 24Education Professionals
  240Education Professionals nfd
   2400 Education Professionals nfd
  241School Teachers
   2410School Teachers nfd
   2411Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teachers
   2412Primary School Teachers
   2413Middle School Teachers
   2414Secondary School Teachers
   2415Special Education Teachers
  242Tertiary Education TeachersTertiary Education Teachers nfd
   2420 
   2421University Lecturers and Tutors
   2422Vocational Education Teachers
  249Miscellaneous Education Professionals
   2490Miscellaneous Education Professionals nfd
   2491Education Advisers and Reviewers
   2492Private Tutors and Teachers
   2493Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
 25Health Professionals
  250Health Professionals nfd
   2500Health Professionals nfd
  251Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals
   2510Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals nfd
   2511Nutrition Professionals
   2512Medical Imaging Professionals
   2513Occupational and Environmental Health Professionals
   2514Optometrists and Orthoptists
   2515Pharmacists
   2519Other Health Diagnostic and Promotion Professionals
  252Health Therapy Professionals
   2520Health Therapy Professionals nfd
   2521Chiropractors and Osteopaths
   2522Complementary Health Therapists
   2523Dental Practitioners
   2524Occupational Therapists
   2525Physiotherapists
   2526Podiatrists
   2527Audiologists and Speech Pathologists \ Therapists
  253Medical Practitioners
   2530Medical Practitioners nfd
   2531General Practitioners and Resident Medical Officers
   2532Anaesthetists
   2533Specialist Physicians
   2534Psychiatrists
   2535Surgeons
   2539Other Medical Practitioners
  254Midwifery and Nursing Professionals
   2540Midwifery and Nursing Professionals nfd
   2541Midwives
   2542Nurse Educators and Researchers
   2543Nurse Managers
   2544Registered Nurses
 26ICT Professionals 
  260ICT Professionals nfd
   2600ICT Professionals nfd
  261Business and Systems Analysts, and Programmers
   2610Business and Systems Analysts, and Programmers nfd
   2611ICT Business and Systems Analysts
   2612Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers
   2613Software and Applications Programmers
  262Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists
   2621Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists
  263ICT Network and Support Professionals
   2630ICT Network and Support Professionals nfd
   2631Computer Network Professionals
   2632ICT Support and Test Engineers
   2633Telecommunications Engineering Professionals
 27Legal, Social and Welfare Professionals
  270Legal, Social and Welfare Professionals nfd
   2700Legal, Social and Welfare Professionals nfd
  271Legal Professionals
   2710Legal Professionals nfd
   2711Barristers
   2712Judicial and Other Legal Professionals
   2713Solicitors
  272Social and Welfare Professionals
   2720Social and Welfare Professionals nfd
   2721Counsellors
   2722Ministers of Religion
   2723Psychologists
   2724Social Professionals
   2725Social Workers
   2726Welfare, Recreation and Community Arts Workers

3 Technicians and Trades Workers

3Technicians and Trades Workers
 30Technicians and Trades Workers nfd
  300Technicians and Trades Workers nfd
   3000Technicians and Trades Workers nfd
 31Engineering, ICT and Science Technicians
  310Engineering, ICT and Science Technicians nfd
   3100Engineering, ICT and Science Technicians nfd
  311Agricultural, Medical and Science Technicians
   3110Agricultural, Medical and Science Technicians nfd
   3111Agricultural Technicians
   3112Medical Technicians
   3113Primary Products Inspectors
   3114Science Technicians
  312Building and Engineering Technicians
   3120Building and Engineering Technicians nfd
   3121Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians
   3122Civil Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
   3123Electrical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
   3124Electronic Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
   3125Mechanical Engineering Draftspersons and Technicians
   3126Safety Inspectors
   3129Other Building and Engineering Technicians
  313ICT and Telecommunications Technicians
   3130ICT and Telecommunications Technicians nfd
   3131ICT Support Technicians
   3132Telecommunications Technical Specialists
 32Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers
  320Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers nfd
   3200Automotive and Engineering Trades Workers nfd
  321Automotive Electricians and Mechanics
   3210Automotive Electricians and Mechanics nfd
   3211Automotive Electricians
   3212Motor Mechanics
  322Fabrication Engineering Trades Workers
   3220Fabrication Engineering Trades Workers nfd
   3221Metal Casting, Forging and Finishing Trades Workers
   3222sheetmetal Trades Workers
   3223Structural Steel and Welding Trades Workers
  323Mechanical Engineering Trades Workers
   3230Mechanical Engineering Trades Workers nfd
   3231Aircraft Maintenance Engineers
   3232Metal Fitters and Machinists
   3233Precision Metal Trades Workers
   3234Toolmakers and Engineering Patternmakers
  324Panelbeaters, and Vehicle Body Builders, Trimmers and Painters
   3240Panelbeaters, and Vehicle Body Builders, Trimmers and Painters nfd
   3241Panelbeaters
   3242Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers
   3243Vehicle Painters
 33Construction Trades Workers
  330Construction Trades Workers nfd
   3300Construction Trades Workers nfd
  331Bricklayers, and Carpenters and Joiners
   3310Bricklayers, and Carpenters and Joiners nfd
   3311Bricklayers and Stonemasons
   3312Carpenters and Joiners
  332Floor Finishers and Painting Trades Workers
   3320Floor Finishers and Painting Trades Workers nfd
   3321Floor Finishers
   3322Painting Trades Workers
  333Glaziers, Plasterers and Tilers
   3330Glaziers, Plasterers and Tilers nfd
   3331Glaziers
   3332Plasterers
   3333Roof Tilers
   3334Wall and Floor Tilers
  334Plumbers 
   3341Plumbers
 34Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades Workers
  340Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades Workers nfd
   3400Electrotechnology and Telecommunications Trades Workers nfd
  341Electricians
   3411Electricians
  342Electronics and Telecommunications Trades Workers
   3420Electronics and Telecommunications Trades Workers nfd
   3421Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics
   3422Electrical Distribution Trades Workers
   3423Electronics Trades Workers
   3424Telecommunications Trades Workers
 35Food Trades Workers
  351Food Trades Workers
   3510Food Trades Workers nfd
   3511Bakers and Pastrycooks
   3512 Butchers and Smallgoods Makers
   3513Chefs
   3514Cooks
 36Skilled Animal and Horticultural Workers
  360Skilled Animal and Horticultural Workers nfd
   3600Skilled Animal and Horticultural Workers nfd
  361Animal Attendants and Trainers, and Shearers
   3610Animal Attendants and Trainers, and Shearers nfd
   3611Animal Attendants and Trainers
   3612Shearers
   3613Veterinary Nurses
  362Horticultural Trades Workers
   3620Horticultural Trades Workers nfd
   3621Florists
   3622Gardeners
   3623Greenkeepers
   3624Nurserypersons
 39Other Technicians and Trades Workers
  390Other Technicians and Trades Workers nfd
   3900Other Technicians and Trades Workers nfd
  391Hairdressers
   3911Hairdressers
  392Printing Trades Workers
   3920Printing Trades Workers nfd
   3921Print Finishers and Screen Printers
   3922Graphic Pre-press Trades Workers
   3923Printers
  393Textile, Clothing and Footwear Trades Workers
   3930Textile, Clothing and Footwear Trades Workers nfd
   3931Canvas and Leather Goods Makers
   3932Clothing Trades Workers
   3933Upholsterers
  394Wood Trades Workers
   3940Wood Trades Workers nfd
   3941Cabinetmakers
   3942Wood Machinists and Other Wood Trades Workers
  399Miscellaneous Technicians and Trades Workers
   3990Miscellaneous Technicians and Trades Workers nfd
   3991Boat Builders and Shipwrights
   3992Chemical, Gas, Petroleum and Power Generation Plant Operators
   3993Gallery, Library and Museum Technicians
   3994Jewellers
   3995Performing Arts Technicians
   3996Signwriters
   3999Other Miscellaneous Technicians and Trades Workers

4 Community And Personal Service Workers

4Community And Personal Service Workers
 40Community and Personal Service Workers nfd
  400Community and Personal Service Workers nfd
   4000Community and Personal Service Workers nfd
 41Health and Welfare Support Workers
  411Health and Welfare Support Workers
   4110Health and Welfare Support Workers nfd
   4111Ambulance Officers and Paramedics
   4112Dental Hygienists, Technicians and Therapists
   4113Diversional Therapists
   4114Enrolled and Mothercraft Nurses
   4115Indigenous Health Workers
   4116Massage Therapists
   4117Welfare Support Workers
 42Carers and Aides 
  420Carers and Aides nfd
   4200Carers and Aides nfd
  421Child Carers
   4211Child Carers
  422Education Aides
   4221Education Aides
  423Personal Carers and Assistants
   4230Personal Carers and Assistants nfd
   4231Aged and Disabled Carers
   4232Dental Assistants
   4233Nursing Support and Personal Care Workers
   4234Special Care Workers
 43 Hospitality Workers 
  431Hospitality Workers
   4310Hospitality Workers nfd
   4311Bar Attendants and Baristas
   4312Cafe Workers
   4313Gaming Workers
   4314Hotel Service Managers
   4315Waiters
   4319Other Hospitality Workers
 44Protective Service Workers
  440Protective Service Workers nfd
   4400Protective Service Workers nfd
  441Defence Force Members, Fire Fighters and Police
   4410Defence Force Members, Fire Fighters and Police nfd
   4411Defence Force Members - Other Ranks
   4412Fire and Emergency Workers
   4413Police
  442Prison and Security Officers
   4420Prison and Security Officers nfd
   4421Prison Officers
   4422Security Officers and Guards
 45Sports and Personal Service Workers
  450Sports and Personal Service Workers nfd
   4500Sports and Personal Service Workers nfd
  451Personal Service and Travel Workers
   4510Personal Service and Travel Workers nfd
   4511Beauty Therapists
   4512Driving Instructors
   4513Funeral Workers
   4514Gallery, Museum and Tour Guides
   4515Personal Care Consultants
   4516Tourism and Travel Advisers
   4517Travel Attendants
   4518Other Personal Service Workers
  452Sports and Fitness Workers
   4520Sports and Fitness Workers nfd
   4521Fitness Instructors
   4522Outdoor Adventure Guides
   4523Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials
   4524Sportspersons

5 Clerical And Administrative Workers

5Clerical And Administrative Workers
 50Clerical and Administrative Workers nfd
  500Clerical and Administrative Workers nfd
   5000Clerical and Administrative Workers nfd
 51Office Managers and Program Administrators
  510Office Managers and Program Administrators nfd
   5100Office Managers and Program Administrators nfd
  511Contract, Program and Project Administrators
   5111Contract, Program and Project Administrators
  512Office and Practice Managers
   5120Office and Practice Managers nfd
   5121Office Managers
   5122Practice Managers
 52Personal Assistants and Secretaries
  521Personal Assistants and Secretaries
   5210Personal Assistants and Secretaries nfd
   5211Personal Assistants
   5212Secretaries
 53General Clerical Workers
  530General Clerical Workers nfd
   5300General Clerical Workers nfd
  531General Clerks
   5311General Clerks
  532Keyboard Operators
   5321Keyboard Operators
 54Inquiry Clerks and Receptionists
  540Inquiry Clerks and Receptionists nfd
   5400Inquiry Clerks and Receptionists nfd
  541Call or Contact Centre Information Clerks
   5410Call or Contact Centre Information Clerks nfd
   5411Call or Contact Centre Workers
   5412Information Officers
  542Receptionists
   5421Receptionists
 55Numerical Clerks 
  550Numerical Clerks nfd
    5500 Numerical Clerks nfd
  551Accounting Clerks and Bookkeepers
   5510Accounting Clerks and Bookkeepers nfd
   5511Accounting Clerks
   5512Bookkeepers
   5513Payroll Clerks
  552Financial and Insurance Clerks
   5520Financial and Insurance Clerks nfd
   5521Bank Workers
   5522Credit and Loans Officers
   5523Insurance, Money Market and Statistical Clerks
 56Clerical and Office Support Workers
  561Clerical and Office Support Workers
   5610Clerical and Office Support Workers nfd
   5611Betting Clerks
   5612Couriers and Postal Deliverers
   5613Filing and Registry Clerks
   5614Mail Sorters
   5615Survey Interviewers
   5616Switchboard Operators
   5619Other Clerical and Office Support Workers
 59Other Clerical and Administrative Workers
  590Other Clerical and Administrative Workers nfd
   5900Other Clerical and Administrative Workers nfd
  591Logistics Clerks
   5910Logistics Clerks nfd
   5911Purchasing and Supply Logistics Clerks
   5912Transport and Despatch Clerks
  599Miscellaneous Clerical and Administrative Workers
   5990Miscellaneous Clerical and Administrative Workers nfd
   5991Conveyancers and Legal Executives
   5992Court and Legal Clerks
   5993Debt Collectors
   5994Human Resource Clerks
   5995Inspectors and Regulatory Officers
   5996 Insurance Investigators, Loss Adjusters and Risk Surveyors
   5997Library Assistants
   5999Other Miscellaneous Clerical and Administrative Workers

6 Sales Workers

6Sales Workers  
 60Sales Workers nfd 
  600Sales Workers nfd
   6000Sales Workers nfd
 61Sales Representatives and Agents
  610Sales Representatives and Agents nfd
   6100Sales Representatives and Agents nfd
  611Insurance Agents and Sales Representatives
   6110Insurance Agents and Sales Representatives nfd
   6111Auctioneers, and Stock and Station Agents
   6112Insurance Agents
   6113Sales Representatives
  612Real Estate Sales Agents
   6121Real Estate Sales Agents
 62Sales Assistants and Salespersons
  621Sales Assistants and Salespersons
   6210Sales Assistants and Salespersons nfd
   6211Sales Assistants (General)
   6212ICT Sales Assistants
   6213Motor Vehicle and Vehicle Parts Salespersons
   6214Pharmacy Sales Assistants
   6215Retail Supervisors
   6216Service Station Attendants
   6217Street Vendors and Related Salespersons
   6219Other Sales Assistants and Salespersons
 63Sales Support Workers
  630Sales Support Workers nfd
   6300Sales Support Workers nfd
  631Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers
   6311Checkout Operators and Office Cashiers
  639Miscellaneous Sales Support Workers
   6390Miscellaneous Sales Support Workers nfd
   6391Models and Sales Demonstrators
   6392Retail and Wool Buyers
   6393Telemarketers
   6394Ticket Salespersons
   6395Visual Merchandisers
   6399Other Sales Support Workers

7 Machinery Operators and Drivers

7Machinery Operators and Drivers
  70 Machinery Operators and Drivers nfd
  700Machinery Operators and Drivers nfd
   7000Machinery Operators and Drivers nfd
 71Machine and Stationary Plant Operators
  710Machine and Stationary Plant Operators nfd
   7100Machine and Stationary Plant Operators nfd
  711Machine Operators
   7110Machine Operators nfd
   7111Clay, Concrete, Glass and Stone Processing Machine Operators
   7112Industrial Spraypainters
   7113Paper and Wood Processing Machine Operators
   7114Photographic Developers and Printers
   7115Plastics and Rubber Production Machine Operators
   7116Sewing Machinists
   7117Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators
   7119Other Machine Operators
  712Stationary Plant Operators
   7120Stationary Plant Operators nfd
   7121Crane, Hoist and Lift Operators
   7122Drillers, Miners and Shot Firers
   7123Engineering Production Workers
   7129Other Stationary Plant Operators
 72Mobile Plant Operators
  721Mobile Plant Operators
   7210Mobile Plant Operators nfd
   7211Agricultural, Forestry and Horticultural Plant Operators
   7212Earthmoving Plant Operators
   7213Forklift Drivers
   7219Other Mobile Plant Operators
 73Road and Rail Drivers
  730Road and Rail Drivers nfd
   7300Road and Rail Drivers nfd
  731Automobile, Bus and Rail Drivers
   7310Automobile, Bus and Rail Drivers nfd
   7311Automobile Drivers
   7312Bus and Coach Drivers
   7313Train and Tram Drivers
  732Delivery Drivers
   7321Delivery Drivers
  733Truck Drivers
   7331Truck Drivers
 74Storepersons 
  741Storepersons
   7411Storepersons

8 Labourers

8Labourers  
 80Labourers nfd 
  800Labourers nfd
   8000Labourers nfd
  81 Cleaners and Laundry Workers
  811Cleaners and Laundry Workers
   8110Cleaners and Laundry Workers nfd
   8111Car Detailers
   8112Commercial Cleaners
   8113Domestic Cleaners
   8114Housekeepers
   8115Laundry Workers
   8116Other Cleaners
 82Construction and Mining Labourers
   821 Construction and Mining Labourers
   8210Construction and Mining Labourers nfd
   8211Building and Plumbing Labourers
   8212Concreters
   8213Fencers
   8214Insulation and Home Improvement Installers
   8215Paving and Surfacing Labourers
   8216Railway Track Workers
   8217Structural Steel Construction Workers
   8219Other Construction and Mining Labourers
 83Factory Process Workers
  830Factory Process Workers nfd
   8300Factory Process Workers nfd
  831Food Process Workers
   8310Food Process Workers nfd
   8311Food and Drink Factory Workers
   8312Meat Boners and Slicers, and Slaughterers
   8313Meat, Poultry and Seafood Process Workers
  832Packers and Product Assemblers
   8320Packers and Product Assemblers nfd
   8321Packers
   8322Product Assemblers
  839Miscellaneous Factory Process Workers
   8390Miscellaneous Factory Process Workers nfd
   8391Metal Engineering Process Workers
   8392Plastics and Rubber Factory Workers
   8393Product Quality Controllers
   8394Timber and Wood Process Workers
   8399Other Factory Process Workers
 84Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers
  841Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers
   8410Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers nfd
   8411Aquaculture Workers
   8412Crop Farm Workers
   8413Forestry and Logging Workers
   8414Garden and Nursery Labourers
   8415Livestock Farm Workers
   8416Mixed Crop and Livestock Farm Workers
   8419Other Farm, Forestry and Garden Workers
 85Food Preparation Assistants
  851Food Preparation Assistants
   8510Food Preparation Assistants nfd
   8511Fast Food Cooks
   8512Food Trades Assistants
   8513Kitchenhands
 89Other Labourers 
  890Other Labourers nfd
   8900Other Labourers nfd
  891Freight Handlers and Shelf Fillers
   8910Freight Handlers and Shelf Fillers nfd
   8911Freight and Furniture Handlers
   8912Shelf Fillers
  899Miscellaneous Labourers
   8990Miscellaneous Labourers nfd
   8991Caretakers
   8992Deck and Fishing Hands
   8993Handypersons
   8994Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters
   8995Printing Assistants and Table Workers
   8996Recycling and Rubbish Collectors
   8997Vending Machine Attendants
   8999Other Miscellaneous Labourers

Supplementary Codes

Supplementary Codes
  0998Inadequately described
  &&&& Not stated
  @@@@ Not applicable
  VVVV Overseas visitor

Number of categories: 

  • One digit level: 8   
  • Two digit level: 51
  • Three digit level: 134
  • Four digit level: 478

Not applicable (@@@@) category comprises:

  • Unemployed persons, looking for either full-time or part-time work
  • Persons not in the labour force
  • Persons with Labour force status (LFSP), not stated
  • Persons aged under 15 years

Question(s) from the Census form

In the main job held last week, what was the person’s occupation?

    In the main job held last week, what was the person’s occupation?
    In the main job held last week, what was Person 1's occupation?

    Give full title.

    State the Person's occupation as completely as possible. Answer only for the Person's main job.

    For example: Registered aged care nurse, House cleaner, Retail sales assistant, Ore crushing machine operator.

    For public servants, provide occupation title and level. For example: Customer service officer APS 5.

    For armed services personnel, provide rank and occupation.

    Occupation

    Targeted supplementary questions for occupation

    On the online form there are targeted supplementary questions (TSQs) for the occupation question. TSQs are asked to clarify free text responses and are prompted by ‘trigger words’ entered into the response. Once a trigger word is entered a targeted supplementary question appears and a set of pre-defined response options is given to the respondent.

    For example, if the word 'nurse' was entered as the occupation, then extra questions are asked about the type of nurse occupation the respondent holds (see example in image below).

    The list of 'trigger words' and targeted supplementary questions are created by looking at common responses in the 'not further defined' coding categories from the previous Census data. 

    There are 13 TSQs for occupation. A full list of the questions, trigger words and response options are available in the downloads on this page.

      Example - targeted supplementary question

      Occupation example - Type of Nurse

      Example - targeted supplementary question

      In the main job held last week, what type of nurse was Person 1?

      Enrolled or division 2 nurse

      Nurse practitioner

      Midwife

      Nurse manager

      Registered nurse

      Registered nurse and midwife

      Other (please specify)

      What are the main tasks that the person usually performs in that occupation?

        What are the main tasks that the person usually performs in that occupation?
        What are the main tasks that Person 1 usually performs in that occupation?

        Give full details.

        Report the main tasks the person usually does each day. For example, shop owners may not sell goods themselves, but manage their business and supervise staff.

        For example: Nursing the aged, Cleaning houses, Selling clothing in a department store, Operating an ore crusher in a processing facility.

        For managers, provide the function managed. For example: Managing construction projects, Managing a hotel, Managing human resources.

        Tasks or duties

        For the main job held last week, what was the employer’s business name?

          For the main job held last week, what was the employer’s business name?
          For the main job held last week, what was the business's name?

          For self-employed persons, provide the name of the Person's business.

          For teachers, provide the name of the school.

          Business name

          What best describes the industry or business of the employer at the location where the person works?

            What best describes the industry or business of the employer at the location where the person works?
            What best describes the industry or business of the employer at the location where Person 1 works?

            Examples for industry or business of the employer: Secondary school education, Gold mining, IT consulting service, Domestic cleaning services, Apartment construction.

            More information

            Industry or business

              More information

              Additional information relating to the question on: What best describes the industry or business of the employer at the location where the person works?

              More information

              What best describes the industry or business of the employer at the location where Person 1 works?

              Examples for industry or business of the employer: Secondary school education, Gold mining, IT consulting service, Domestic cleaning services, Apartment construction.

              More information

              Describe the industry or business of the person's employer, not of their occupation. For example, if they are an accountant working for a motor vehicle manufacturer, please enter the industry as 'motor vehicle manufacturing'.

              State the industry as completely as possible.

              For self-employed persons, please describe the industry of their business.

                Example

                Occupation example - Description of business type, health response given

                Example

                What best describes the industry or business of the employer at the location where Person 1 works?

                Examples for industry or business of the employer: Secondary school education, Gold mining, IT consulting service, Domestic cleaning services, Apartment construction.

                More information

                Industry or business

                Health

                  Example - Targeted supplementary questions

                  Occupation example - Type of health service

                  Example - Targeted supplementary questions

                  What type of health service does Person 1's employer operate?

                  Hospital (except psychiatric hospitals)

                  Psychiatric hospital

                  Nursing home

                  General practice

                  Dentistry practice

                  Optometry practice

                  Physiotherapy practice

                  Ambulance service

                  Pathology or diagnostic imaging service

                  Federal government administration

                  State government administration

                  Retail pharmacy

                  Pharmaceuticals wholesaling

                  Pharmaceuticals manufacturing

                  Medical equipment wholesaling

                  Other (please specify)

                  What are the main goods produced or main services provided by the employer’s business?

                    What are the main goods produced or main services provided by the employer’s business?
                    What are the main goods produced or main services provided by the employer's business?

                    Describe as fully as possible, using two words or more.

                    For example: Providing education to secondary school students, Mining gold ore, Providing information technology advice, House cleaning, Construction of residential buildings.

                    More information

                    Goods produced/services provided

                      More information

                      Additional information relating to the question on: What are the main goods produced or main services provided by the employer’s business?

                      More information

                      What are the main goods produced or main services provided by the employer's business?

                      Describe as fully as possible, using two words or more.

                      For example: Providing education to secondary school students, Mining gold ore, Providing information technology advice, House cleaning, Construction of residential buildings.

                      More information

                      For self-employed persons, please describe the main goods and services provided by their business.

                      How this variable is created

                      This variable is mainly coded based on the write-in responses to questions asking for the person’s occupation title and main tasks performed. Other occupation questions may also be used to assist with quality coding.

                      Occupation is coded using the ANZSCO, 2013, Version 1.3. Since the 2016 Census, the ANZSCO has been updated from Version 1.2 to Version 1.3.

                      Not all responses easily fit into an occupation as listed in the classification, so are coded to a higher level which covers any possible options, for that response. These are more general ‘not further defined (nfd)’ codes and end in one or more zeroes.

                      Occupation coding is reliant on a variety of processes. All text response fields that contribute to occupation coding are first auto-repaired before being sent through an auto-coding process. The remaining responses that did not successfully achieve a code are examined by ABS clerical staff and independently assessed for an ANZSCO code.

                      Where insufficient information is provided in a response for assigning an ANZSCO code an 'Inadequately described' code is allocated during processing.

                      History and changes

                      Questions relating to Occupation were first asked in the 1911 Census. Prior to the 1986 Census, a single question was asked about title of occupation. In 1986 a second question on main tasks or duties that a person usually performed in their job was included to improve the quality of coding. The questions have remained the same for subsequent Censuses with some revision of the examples and instructions only.

                      From 2016, targeted supplementary questions (TSQs) were asked in the online form to clarify common not further defined responses.

                      In 2016 the ANZSCO, 2013 version 1.2 was used. For 2021, Occupation is coded to the updated version to Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, 2013, Version 1.3  

                      In 2021, several minor wording and response order changes were made to the targeted supplementary questions (TSQs).

                      Data use considerations

                      Collecting both occupation title and task information ensures more accurate coding of occupations. This data is essential for:

                      • labour market analysis
                      • policy formation

                      Changes in the occupational composition of the labour force are important for planning at the industry and geographic area levels.

                      The data is used in analyses of education and training needs, and as indicators for industry assistance programs.

                      Small area data on occupation are important in regional planning; in examining the occupational mobility of ethnic and other minority groups; and in measuring socioeconomic status variability between regions.

                      The introduction of targeted supplementary questions in the online Census has reduced 'not further defined' categories across some Occupations and classified responses into more detailed Occupation categories. 

                      Lockdown

                      A number of regions across the country were in various stages of lockdown on Census day, and the week preceding it, resulting in a greater number of people being temporarily stood down on Census day. Guidance on how to correctly respond was provided at the time on the Census website, as follows: 

                      'If you were employed in the 4 weeks prior to the current lockdown period, but haven't been able to work in the last week due to COVID restrictions or requirement to self-isolate, please answer all questions reflecting your usual occupation. This includes your role (such as occupation and tasks performed) and information about your employer (such as industry and number of employees).'
                       

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