Australian Skills Classification – a common language for skills

Australian Skills Classification – a common language for skills

The Australian Skills Classification released today by the National Skills Commissioner, Adam Boyton, enables Australians to start talking about skills in a consistent way for the first time.

Rather than using occupations and qualifications as proxies for skills, the Australian Skills Classification offers a new way of identifying the range of skills linked to occupations.

The Classification offers a richer understanding of the labour market by identifying common and transferrable skills between occupations, and the connections within, and across, skills and occupations.

Todays release of a BETA version, includes skills profiles for 600 occupations. These skill profiles comprise three elements – core competencies, specialist tasks and technology tools.

“The application of the Australian Skills Classification is significant because it provides the key to identifying the portfolio of skills and skills gaps at the individual, business and economy wide level” Mr Boyton said.

“The identification of skills clusters offers a new and unique way of looking at the labour market. Skills that are like one another are clustered together – if you can do one task in a skills cluster, you can likely do the others.

“For example when we look at the Sales and Marketing skills cluster family, it contains the related skills clusters for conducting sales and marketing activities, developing marketing plans, maintaining sales and business transaction records, and developing and distributing marketing material.

“The Classification will also display which occupations utilise these skills clusters – revealing connections between those occupations that until now have not been visible. Sales and marketing activities are required skills for a wide range of occupations. From those you’d expect to see like Public Relations Managers, to quite different occupations like Property Managers and Importers, Exporters and Wholesalers.”

The NSC encourages stakeholders to explore the classification and see how it can add value to their operations.

“We are calling for feedback from stakeholders who have data and information relating to the skills required in Australian occupations to help improve the classification for future releases.

“If you are interested in being involved in further consultation to feed into future releases of the Australian Skills Classification, visit,” Mr Boyton concluded.

View the Australian Skills Classification in full here