ASCO is no longer supported or used by the ABS (its developer), as it is no longer considered to
accurately represent the needs of the Australian labour market. ANZSCO is already used by:
• ABS in surveys and censuses, and to source all new occupation classifications
• DEEWR to analyse emerging and future workforce skills needs, and inform skilled migration
In line with a whole-of-government requirement to use ANZSCO, the department is introducing
this standard to capture occupation information in its visa, settlement and citizenship programs.
ANZSCO will also be used within those skilled visa programs, where this is a requirement for
visa eligibility, as the standard by which a visa applicant's skills to undertake a specific
occupation in Australia are assessed.