New Version of ANZSCO Released

November 5, 2019 | New Zealand

The Australian Bureau of Statistics and Statistics New Zealand have released an updated version of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) –ANZSCO version 1.3. The ANZSCO is used to determine the skill level of an occupation a foreign national will fill. 

New Zealand Immigration has announced that it will continue to use ANZSCO version 1.2 in the assessment of most applications until mid-2020. However, there are some exceptions. New Zealand Immigration will treat an occupation differently if it is:

  • Low-skilled,  i.e., skill level 4 to 5 in ANZSCO version 1.2; or
  • Skilled, i.e., skill level 1 to 3 in ANZSCO version 1.3; and
  • The applicant earns at least the New Zealand median income, currently NZD 25 per hour.

In this case, the occupation will be considered ANZSCO skill level 1 to 3 and ANZSCO version 1.2 will not be used to assess. 

Implications for visa holders and applicants

For foreign nationals that already hold a work visa, the skill level of the job will not change for the duration of the visa.

For foreign nationals that apply for any visa before mid-2020 and do not have an occupation on the exception list, Immigration New Zealand will use ANZSCO version 1.2 to assess the visa application. 

For foreign nationals with occupations listed on the exception list, Immigration New Zealand will: 

  • Treat the occupation as if it were skill level 3, if the job pays above the New Zealand median income; or 
  • Use ANZSCO version 1.2 to assess the application, if the job pays below the New Zealand median income.

For foreign nationals that apply for a visa after mid-2020, if they apply for an Essential Skills Work Visa, ANZSCO will no longer be used at all to assess the skill level of the job. If they apply for a Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa, ANZSCO version 1.3 will be used to assess the skill level of the job.

More information will become available as mid-2020 approaches.