Review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations
The Law Council provided a submission to the Australian Bureau of Statistics regarding the changes it proposes to its management of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). ANZSCO occupation classifications presently form a fundamental underpinning of the Skilled Visa framework under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) and Migration Regulations 1994 (Cth). As presently employed, these classifications determine who may be able to apply for a skilled visa, the priority with which their visa application will be processed, and whether they can apply for permanent residency.
The Law Council has previously made submissions which raise concerns about how ANZSCO is maintained and employed in the skilled migration context; specifically that ANZSCO is a static document that is not agile or adaptable to the realities of evolving labour trends, particularly in the technology industry.