Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO): The Impact of a Trans-Tasman Classification on Labour Market Data


  • Andrew Hancock Statistics New Zealand



The introduction of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) into statistical collections, particularly the 2006 Census of Population and Dwellings, has enabled the first real comparison of occupation data using a consistent standard framework between Australia and New Zealand. The paper discusses the issues of introducing a harmonised classification into statistical collections and the impact for time-series and comparability of occupation data. Issues related to what to include in the classification structure, to ensure consistency in skill levels and to establish a framework that is practical for both countries to produce occupation data on will be examined. This paper will also discuss whether ANZSCO meets the need as a standard framework and introduces a strategy for ongoing maintenance and ensuring relevance and consistency moving into the future. In addition, commentary on the relationship with the 2008 International Standard Classification of Occupations will be provided.


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