2021 Targeted Update of ANZSCO

Closed 23 Jul 2021

Opened 23 Jun 2021


This consultation is now closed. Thank you for all submissions.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is partnering with several Australian Government agencies to produce a targeted update of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). This targeted update is due for release in November 2021. The ANZSCO, which is jointly managed by the ABS and Stats NZ, describes, and covers occupations in the Australian and New Zealand labour markets. For more information on ANZSCO please read How does ANZSCO work.

Why are we consulting?

While the ANZSCO has had some minor updates, it still largely reflects the original 2006 version of ANZSCO, which was based on the 2001 labour market. While some occupations have not changed much over this period, some have changed considerably, and some new occupations have emerged. For more information please read Updating ANZSCO.

Using the online survey below, we are seeking feedback regarding the following areas under review:  

  • Agriculture related occupations
  • Cyber Security related occupations
  • Naval Ship Building related occupations
  • 25 Emerging Occupations in the National Skills Commission publication Emerging Occupations.

For a detailed list of occupations for the first three areas, please see the "Detailed list of occupations within scope for 2021 Targeted Update" document: under the Related heading on this page.

Our partner agencies have been consulting with their stakeholders on occupations in these areas. Our consultation process is an opportunity for anyone else that is interested in these occupations to also have a say.

If you have already provided input through these other processes, including the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s ‘Have Your Say: Updating ANZSCO agriculture occupations’, your views will be taken into consideration. You do not need to provide your views again.

To make a submission, you will be asked a series of questions. You are not required to respond to every question, although your submission will be strengthened by your ability to answer as thoroughly as possible and by providing supporting evidence where possible. To help prepare your submission the survey questions are also provided under the Related heading on this page in order to help you prepare your answers prior to taking the online survey.

What happens next

The ABS will assess the submissions as part of its analysis and determine a set of proposed changes. The ABS will consult on these proposed changes in September 2021.


  • General Public


  • Labour Market