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Changeover from ASCO to ANZSCO from 1 July 2010

The contents of this article are correct as at 26 July 2010.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will use the ANZSCO standard from 1 July 2010 onwards.

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) has replaced the Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) as the standard used by DIAC for information on occupations for all skilled visa applications.

What is ANZSCO?

ANZSCO is being introduced by DIAC as the new dictionary for nominating an occupation. DIAC will use ANZSCO codes and occupation information instead of ASCO in its systems and records.

Who will it affect?

All visa programs that collect information about a client's occupation will be impacted.

However, the major affect will be on Skilled Migration and Temporary Business Entry visa programs where assessment of skills to undertake an occupation in Australia is the main requirement.

The programs include:

  • General Skilled Migration
  • Employer Nomination Scheme
  • Labour Agreement
  • Subclass 457 Business (Long Stay) visa
  • Occupational Trainee

Sponsors intending to lodge a nomination application will need to specify an ANZSCO occupation if submitting application on or after 1 July 2010. 

However, all nomination applications submitted prior to 1 July 2010 will continue to be processed according to the ASCO standard.

The former ASCO standard was also used by Skills Assessing Authorities (SAA) to assess the skills of a person who wanted to apply for General Skilled Migration, for a visa under the Employer Nomination Scheme (ENS) or for a visa in any of the other various sponsored permanent and temporary skilled visa categories.

From 1 July 2010 the SAAs will assess the nominated skilled occupation according to the ANZSCO standard.

Who will be affected by transitional arrangements?

Transitional arrangements will apply if a person falls into one of the following categories:

  1. They have a skill assessment based on ASCO that is not valid after 1 July 2010 and they need to apply for a new skill assessment; or
  1. They lodged their GSM application before 1 July 2010 nominating an ASCO occupation, and their skills assessment was not finalised by 1 July 2010; or
  1. Their employer lodged a nomination application based on ASCO and they now need to nominate the same occupation for their visa application based on ANZSCO.

For such scenarios, transitional arrangements have been put in place to ensure that applicants are not disadvantaged by the introduction of ANZSCO.

What are the ASCO to ANZSCO correlations?

ASCO to ANZSCO correlations would be required during transitional arrangements.

DIAC has examined each relevant acceptable ASCO occupation code and correlated it to its matching ANZSCO occupation code(s).

This has been done for each of the following lists:

(To see which schedule applies please see our article on New SOL for GSM)

It is important to note that in some cases, more than one ANZSCO occupation code is considered to be an acceptable correlation to one ASCO code. In other cases, one ANZSCO occupation code is considered to be an acceptable correlation to more than one ASCO code.

Please note that only those ASCO-ANZSCO correlations provided above can be used in ASCO-ANZSCO transitional arrangements.

What effect will the ASCO­-ANZSCO correlations have on a Skills Assessment Application?

Certain SAAs have stated that their skill assessments will be valid for a year, such as Engineers Australia, while others, such as the Australian Computer Society, have indicated that applicants will need to apply for a review of their skills assessment.

Skills assessments obtained before 1 July 2010 can only be used for visa applications from the 1 July 2010 and onwards if all the following apply:

    1. There is a DIAC endorsed ASCO-ANZSCO correlation for that occupation;
    2. The occupation continues to be an acceptable occupation for skilled visa program purposes; and
    3. The skills assessment is still valid (validity periods differ between occupations and SAAs).

Applicants may need to contact their relevant skills assessing authority if they are unsure whether their skills assessment is still valid.

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