ABS has been reviewing the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) for the past 18 months. ANZSCO is used to classify and describe every occupation in the economy, which then helps with the collection of data, including numbers employed, average wage rates, and skills shortages. This then feeds into government policies such as priority migration occupations and incentives for apprenticeships. ANZSCO changes over time, as new jobs emerge and older jobs disappear.

Following on from ABS extensive consultation, they have now published their preliminary view of proposed changes. These are presented in the Publish Results section for each of the three rounds of consultations.

Round 1 Consultation

  • Accounting services
  • Administrative services
  • Aged care and disability services
  • Childcare services
  • Computer system design and related services
  • Education and training
  • Financial and insurance services
  • Library and other information services
  • Management and related consulting services
  • Market research and advertising services
  • Scientific research services
  • Statistical services
  • Welfare and social assistance services



Round 2 Consultation

  • Air and space transport
  • Allied health
  • Architectural, engineering and technical services
  • Construction
  • Electricity, gas, water and waste services
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical, nursing and other health care services
  • Mining
  • Property operators and real estate
  • Repair and maintenance
  • Spatial, surveying and mapping services
  • Telecommunications
  • Tourism services



Round 3 Consultation

  • Accommodation and food services
  • Postal, courier, pick-up and delivery services
  • Road transport
  • Agriculture, forestry and fishing
  • Print and internet publishing
  • Sports activities
  • Arts and recreation
  • Public administration
  • Television, stage and broadcasting
  • Defence
  • Public order, safety and regulatory services
  • Warehousing
  • Legal services
  • Rail transport
  • Water transport
  • Personal and other services
  • Retail trade



A final consultation round between 25 July and 6 September 2024 will allow users an opportunity to provide feedback on the complete set of proposed changes to the classification structure before finalising the classification for release in December 2024. The newly proposed structure includes reorganising or consolidating existing occupation groups, creating new groups for emerging occupations, or adapting the structure to better reflect the relationships between occupations.