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Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations Comprehensive Review

The Law Council of Australia provided a submission to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in response to its Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) Comprehensive Review. The Law Council acknowledges the contributions of the Law Society of South Australia and the Law Society of the Australian Capital Territory in the preparation of this submission.

The Law Council has reviewed the occupations within the industry-based focus area of ‘Legal services’,1 and considers that the description of each occupation, including the indicative skill level, remains accurate to a fairly large extent.

However, noting that the current ANZSCO broadly reflects the original 2006 iteration (save for minor updates)—which was based on the Australian labour market in 20012—the Law Council considers that there is scope to modernise and refine the descriptions and categorisations of several of the occupations listed within the ‘Legal services’ focus area.

Read the full submission below.


1 Australian Bureau of Statistics (‘ABS’), Occupations by focus area (Web Page, October 2023) .
2 ABS, About ANZSCO (Web Page, 2023) .

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