ANZSCO Occupations

The ANZSCO is an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) product that classifies Australian and New Zealand occupations and jobs. Occupations and jobs in emerging technologies are are inadequately represented in the current version of the ANZSCO.

Each skilled occupation listed on the Department of Home Affairs occupations lists has an ANZSCO code alongside it. If you visit the ANZSCO Search Facility on the ABS website you will be able to read about the qualifications, skills, work experience and/or registration/licensing requirements associated with the occupation that you are interested in. The ANZSCO also includes an overview of the duties and responsibilities that someone employed in a particular skilled occupation would be expected to undertake. The ANZSCO is a critical resource when it comes to skilled visas!

Occupations are split into Major Groups and Sub-Groups. For example:

Major Group 1 – Managers include:

  • Sub-Major Group 11 – CEO’s, General Managers and Legislators
  • Sub-Major Group 12 – Farmers and Farm Managers
  • Sub-Major Group 13 – Specialist Managers (Advertising, Construction, ICT etc)
  • Sub-Major Group 14 – Hospitality, Retail and Service Managers

Each Group or Sub-Group of occupations has very specific educational and skill requirements. For example:

  • Sub-Major Group 11 – In Australia a CEO, General Manager and Legislator is expected to have a Bachelor degree or higher qualification at least 5 years of relevant experience … usually from anywhere in the world.
  • Sub-Major Group 33 – Construction Trades Workers are expected to have an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF)Certificate Level III which includes at least 2 years of on-the-job training. If you have an AQF Certificate Level IV the 2 years of on the job training is usually not required and what’s even more interesting is that at least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification.

So why is this so important?

When you apply for a skilled visa or an employer sponsored visa, the decision makers at the Department of Home Affairs will want to be sure that you have the skills and/or qualifications required for your nominated occupation. The ANZSCO description of your occupation is the starting point… that is why it’s so important!

If you don’t have the minimum level of qualifications and/or the required amount of work experience specified in the ANZSCO description of your particular occupation, your visa application could be refused.

If you need to do a skills assessment, the assessing body will also want to make sure that you have the skills and/or qualifications required for your nominated occupation.

What do the ANZSCO Skill Levels mean?

The skill level relates to the qualification level and it generally works like this:

  • Skill Level 1 – An occupation that requires a Bachelor Degree or higher qualification
  • Skill Level 2 – An occupation that requires a Diploma or higher qualification
  • Skill Level 3 – An occupation that requires an AQF Certificate III plus 2 years of on-the-job training or an AQF Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience
  • Skill Level 4 – An occupation that requires an AQF Certificate II or at least one year of relevant experience
  • Skill Level 5 – An occupation that requires an AQF Certificate I, or compulsory secondary education

The ANZSCO is just one of the important things that you need to consider if you hope to apply for a skilled visa or an employer sponsored visa. The Australian visa system is very complicated and unless you take the time to work through each and every complexity, you could be headed towards a visa refusal. Seeking advice on your visa options at the outset of your visa journey can be invaluable. Our team is here to help you on that journey.