1.3 A multi-purpose resource for multiple users

The applications and opportunities of the Australian Skills Classification are broader than expanding an individual’s job search results. For example, this resource provides the basis to better map qualifications to jobs and enable existing training courses to be matched to emerging or changing jobs.

Many public and private sector organisations are also taking skill-based approaches to policy, recruitment and training. The NSC is looking to facilitate these approaches by providing a data driven and dynamic classification of skills that is high quality, independent and publicly available free of charge.

It is important to note that the Classification does not duplicate job search tools. The Classification framework alone does not make career recommendations or link to employment vacancies. The interface does not provide advice about skills demand, emerging or declining occupations or labour market trends. But it can do these things when linked with data on job vacancies, skills demand and labour market conditions.

Similarly, the Australian Skills Classification interface does not identify pre-requisite qualifications or credentials for jobs. Nor does it try to classify the knowledge, experience or the broader context in which a job is performed.

As the Classification is a data-driven skills language, it is a practical resource to support communication and decision making by multiple users.

In the longer term, a consistent framework to define and articulate skills needs can create labour market efficiencies, helping to promote choice, opportunity and labour market agility.