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Occupation code (ANZSCO 1st edition) N[NNN]{NN}

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
METeOR identifier:Help on this term350888
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services, Superseded 01/10/2013
Housing assistance, Standard 10/08/2007
Health, Standard 04/07/2007
Tasmanian Health, Draft 23/07/2012
Definition:Help on this termThe ANZSCO (1st edn) code set representing an occupation of a person.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN[NNN]{NN}
Maximum character length:Help on this term6

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Has been superseded by Occupation code (ANZSCO 2013 Version 1.2) N[NNN]{NN} Community Services, Standard 01/10/2013

Supersedes Occupation code (ASCO 2nd edn) N[NNN]{-NN} Community Services, Superseded 27/03/2007, Housing assistance, Superseded 10/08/2007, Health, Superseded 04/07/2007

Data elements implementing this value domain:Help on this term

Establishment (prison)—Aboriginal community controlled health organisation or Aboriginal medical service service provider type, occupation code (ANZSCO 1st edition) N[NNN]{NN} Health, Standard 25/08/2011

Establishment (prison)—health worker type, occupation code (ANZSCO 1st edition) N[NNN]{NN} Health, Standard 25/08/2011

Health service event—type of service provider consulted, occupation code (ANZSCO 1st edition) N[NNN]{NN} Health, Standard 25/08/2011

Individual service provider—occupation (self-identified), code (ANZSCO 1st edition) N[NNN]{NN} Community Services, Superseded 01/10/2013
Health, Standard 04/07/2007

Person—occupation (main), code (ANZSCO 1st edition) N[NNN]{NN} Community Services, Superseded 01/10/2013
Housing assistance, Standard 10/08/2007
Health, Standard 04/07/2007
Tasmanian Health, Draft 23/07/2012

Prison entrant—type of service provider consulted, occupation code (ANZSCO 1st edition) N[NNN]{NN} Health, Standard 25/08/2011

Prison entrant—type of service provider needed but not utilised, occupation code (ANZSCO 1st edition) N[NNN]{NN} Health, Standard 25/08/2011

Classification scheme attributes

Classification scheme:Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First edition, 2006
Synonymous names:Help on this termANZSCO 1st edition
METeOR identifier:Help on this term350882
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services, Superseded 01/10/2013
Health, Standard 04/07/2007
Definition:Help on this termThe Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) classification for occupations.
Classification structure:Help on this term

The structure of ANZSCO has five hierarchical levels - major group, sub-major group, minor group, unit group and occupation. The categories at the most detailed level of the classification are termed 'occupations'. These are grouped together to form 'unit groups', which in turn are grouped into 'minor groups'. Minor groups are aggregated to form 'sub-major groups' which in turn are aggregated at the highest level to form 'major groups'.

These are the same hierarchical levels that are used in ASCO Second Edition and NZSCO 1999.

Conceptual model

ANZSCO is a skill-based classification used to classify all occupations and jobs in the Australian and New Zealand labour markets.

To do this, ANZSCO identifies a set of occupations covering all jobs in the Australian and New Zealand labour markets, defines these occupations according to their attributes and groups them on the basis of their similarity into successively broader categories for statistical and other types of analysis. The individual objects classified in ANZSCO are jobs.

In ANZSCO, occupations are organised into progressively larger groups on the basis of their similarities in terms of both skill level and skill specialisation.

The conceptual model adopted for ANZSCO uses a combination of skill level and skill specialisation as criteria to design major groups which are meaningful and useful for most purposes. The eight major groups are formed by grouping together sub-major groups using aspects of both skill level and skill specialisation. In designing the major groups, intuitive appeal and usefulness in both statistical and administrative applications were also important considerations.

The skill level criterion is applied as rigorously as possible at the second level of the classification, the sub-major group level, together with a finer application of skill specialisation than that applied at the major group level. Each sub-major group is made up of a number of minor groups.

Minor groups are distinguished from each other mainly on the basis of a finer application of skill specialisation than that applied at the sub-major group level. Within minor groups, unit groups are distinguished from each other on the basis of skill specialisation and, where necessary, skill level.

Virtually all unit groups are at one skill level. There are only eight unit groups which contain occupations at more than one skill level. In all but two of these unit groups, the vast majority of jobs classified to the unit group are at one skill level only. Data stored at unit group level can therefore be aggregated by skill level with a high degree of validity.

Within unit groups, the distinction between occupations amounts to differences between tasks performed in occupations. All occupations are at one skill level.

As a result, data classified at the major group level will provide only a broad indication of skill level. Data at the sub-major group level will provide a satisfactory indication of skill level for many analytical purposes. Data classified at the unit group level will provide an accurate indication of skill level. Unit groups can, therefore, be aggregated by skill level to provide an indicative measure of occupations classified by skill level.

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006. Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations, First Edition, Cat no. 1220.0 Canberra: ABS. Viewed 13 March 2007.

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