The National Skills Commission has updated the Australian Skills Classification with a range of changes that expand and improve on the data. This includes the introduction of important contextual information for some profiles, as well as information on critical tasks and knowledge relating to diversity and cultural capability within occupations.
For example, the profile for ‘Park Ranger’ has been expanded to include a range of new tasks including ‘advise others about land management or conservation’ and ‘plan natural resources conservation or restoration programs’.
In another example, the profile for ‘Aged and Disabled Carer’ now reflects the need for carers to ‘act as an advocate or communicator regarding the cultural, diversity or accessibility needs of others’, among other new tasks.
Reflecting the importance of diversity and cultural competence across all Australian jobs, changes have also been made to integrate this into the core competencies for all occupations. The NSC recognises that this important work is not complete, however, and is working to further develop this aspect for future releases.
A further 10 occupational profiles have been added to the existing 600, to support further exploration of the connections and transferability between skills and between jobs. The Classification now identifies 1943 specialist tasks, nearly 90 technology tools and 10 core competencies within occupations.
Changes have also been made to our interactive interface to make it easier to use, and the latest report outlines all changes in more detail.
Stakeholder feedback has been the driving force behind much of this work. In the six months since the interactive interface was released in beta form, the NSC has received feedback from a range of stakeholders, as well as engaging in discussions with key industry and representative bodies. We are continuing to work through feedback we have received to date and will use this to inform future updates.
We also welcome ongoing feedback about the classification to ensure it remains relevant to the current Australian labour market.
To view the Australian Skills Classification in full visit: https://www.nationalskillscommission.gov.au/our-work/australian-skills-classification