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Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupation

Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) is a skill-based classification of occupations, developed as the national standard for organising occupation-related information for purposes such as policy development and review, human resource management, and labour market and social research. The classification includes all jobs in the Australian workforce.

ANZSCO should be used in the collection and dissemination of all official statistics on occupation. For example, the classification should be used when collecting, aggregating and disseminating data relating to affirmative action issues, the incidence and prevalence of accidents, wage rises, occupation-related morbidity rates, job vacancies and careers counselling.

ANZSCO has replaced the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) Second Edition, and provides a more contemporary and internationally comparable occupation classification system. The latest edition of ANZSCO, version 1.2 (2013), builds on a review conducted in 2009 (ANZSCO First Edition, Revision 1) following the classification's introduction in 2006.

The full classification can be ordered or downloaded from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website: ANZSCO (Version 1.2, 2013) ABS cat. no. 1220.0.

The previous occupation classification, ASCO, can be ordered or downloaded from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website: ASCO (Second edition) ABS cat. no. 1220.0.

Last reviewed 22 January 2014