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Occupation skill level (OCSKP)

Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
Reference period
2021

Definition

This variable describes the skill level of a person's occupation. Level one is the highest level of skill and level five is the lowest level of skill. The skill level is determined from the characteristics of the person's occupation (OCCP), rather than the skill level of the person themselves.

Scope

Employed persons aged 15 years and over

Categories

CodeCategory

1

Skill level one

2

Skill level two

3

Skill level three

4

Skill level four

5

Skill level five

9

Skill level not determined

&

Not stated

@

Not applicable

V

Overseas visitor

Number of categories:  9

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

    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.

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          Industry or business

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            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.

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            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.

            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.

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              Goods produced/services provided

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                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.

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

                How this variable is created

                This variable is created from the Occupation (OCCP) variable. An occupation is coded using the ANZSCO – Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, 2013, Version 1.3 at the 6-digit level to determine the Occupation skill level for the stated occupations. The relationship between occupation and occupation skill level is defined in the ANZSCO. Occupations that are not further defined (nfd) (e.g. 'Manager nfd') do not have a corresponding skill level in the ANZSCO. 2016 Census data was used to determine what skill levels should be assigned to occupations that were not further defined.

                History and changes

                This variable is new for 2021.

                Data use considerations

                It is possible for a highly skilled person to work in a low skilled job/occupation, and it's also possible for a low skilled person (or a person with low or no formal qualifications) to work in a high skilled job.

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