ANZSCO Skill Level Classifications

ANZSCO Skill level classification

When reviewing the Australian occupations lists you may sometimes see reference to an ANZSCO skill level. To ensure that you are not left wondering what the ANZSCO skill level mean, we’ve pulled together the below guide to give you more information regarding how ANZSCO classifies skill levels.

What does ANZSCO stand for?

ANZSCO is an acronym of the term;  Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupation. At it’s most basic level, ANZSCO is a system that collects, publishes and analyses occupation statistics across government agencies.

Importantly, for those looking to migrate to Australia, these classifications are used by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) to capture information in all visa, settlement and citizenship programs.

For the purposes of calculating the level of skill required to be demonstrated as part of your Australian visa application, ANZSCO categorises occupation skills into five skill levels with each skill level measured by:

  • The level or amount of formal education and training required to competently perform the set of tasks required for that occupation.
  • The amount of previous experience in a related occupation required to competently perform the set of tasks required for that occupation, and
  • The amount of on-the-job training required to competently perform the set of tasks required for that occupation.

The ANZSCO skill levels are governed by the range and complexity of the set of tasks performed in a particular occupation. In general, the greater the range and complexity of the set of tasks involved, the greater the amount of formal education and training, previous experience and on-the-job training required to competently perform the set of tasks for that occupation.

Skill level 1 is the highest and commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher, while skill level 5 is the lowest and comparable with a Certificate I or compulsory secondary education.

Below you can find a more detailed classification of the ANZSCO skill levels, including an overview of the relevant experience and the formal qualifications required.

ANZSCO SKILL LEVEL 1

Occupations at Skill Level 1 have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances, either relevant experience or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

ANZSCO SKILL LEVEL 2

Occupations at Skill Level 2 have a level of skill corresponding with one of the following:

  • NZ Register Diploma or
  • AQF Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above.

In some instances, either relevant experience or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

ANZSCO SKILL LEVEL 3

Occupations at Skill Level 3 have a level of skill corresponding with one of the following:

  • NZ Register Level 4 qualification
  • AQF Certificate IV or
  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training.

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above.

In some instances, either relevant experience or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

ANZSCO SKILL LEVEL 4

Occupations at Skill Level 4 have a level of skill corresponding with one of the following:

  • NZ Register Level 2 or 3 qualification or
  • AQF Certificate II or III.

At least one year of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances, relevant experience may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

ANZSCO SKILL LEVEL 5

Occupations at Skill Level 5 have a level of skill corresponding with one of the following:

  • NZ Register Level 1 qualification
  • AQF Certificate I or
  • Compulsory secondary education.

For some occupations, a short period of on-the-job training may be required in addition to or instead of the formal qualification.

In some instances, no formal qualification or on-the-job training may be required.

How is formal education and training classified?

NZ, AQF… What?? Formal education and training refer to the level and amount of education and training required for competent performance of the tasks required in an occupation.

It is measured in terms of educational qualifications as set out in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications (NZ Register).

How is Previous Experience Defined?

Previous experience refers to the time spent gaining work experience in related occupations or activities required for the competent performance of the tasks in an occupation. It is measured in months or years.

What is considered On The Job Training?

On-the-job training refers to the amount of training required after commencing work in an occupation for competent performance of the tasks in that occupation. It is measured in months or years and may be undertaken at the same time as formal training.

ANZSCO skill level – It’s not about you!

ANZSCO does not measure the skill level of an individual, rather it refers to the level of skill that is typically required to competently perform the tasks of a particular occupation.

Skill level is an attribute of occupations, not of individuals in the labour force or of particular jobs. It is irrelevant whether a particular individual working in a job in a particular occupation has a certain amount of training or a particular level of competence or not.

For example, a person who spreads mortar and lays bricks for a living has the occupation Bricklayer, regardless of whether he or she is an exceptionally competent bricklayer with many years of experience and post-trade qualifications or an inexperienced bricklayer with no formal qualifications and a low level of competence.

The skill level of the occupation Bricklayer is determined on the basis of that typically required for competent performance.



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Samantha

Hi mark
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