The Australian Skills Classification complements the Australia and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO).
Occupation is a broad term for a set of jobs involving similar tasks, while a job refers to a specific position. ANZSCO outlines the tasks performed within an occupation, and the level of education needed for a specific job.
Currently the Classification identifies:
- 10 core competencies: common skills used in all occupations
- 1925 specialist tasks: detailed work activities required within a job
- 88 technology tools: a technology, such as software or hardware, associated with a job.
This new level of detail about skills can help us to identify change within jobs more quickly. The titles of occupations and qualifications do not always keep pace with change. Some occupations and qualifications might keep the same titles, even as their skills change. Their titles are inexact proxies for skills.
Combined with other data and information, the Classification will also assist us to identify new and emerging jobs more readily, compared to occupational frameworks or training packages with slower update cycles.
The Classification is a practical framework for people to use. Like ANZSCO, the more people use it, the more useful it becomes.