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Occupations and ANZSCO codes

Before you apply for your ACS Migration Skills Assessment, it’s important to confirm that ACS is the right assessing authority for your occupation and its related ANZSCO code. 

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The Skilled Occupation lists detail in-demand occupations and their corresponding ANZSCO code (Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations). Is your occupation listed?


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To make sure you’ve found the right occupation and ANZSCO code, be sure to open and read the full description. For more on how ANZSCO codes work, see the FAQs.


TIP: If you are a recent graduate, look for occupations that match your qualifications.


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FAQs – frequently asked questions 

  • When you apply for the ACS Migration Skills Assessment, you enter your skills into the ACS Migration Skills Assessment portal. The portal then automatically matches your skills to occupations and ANZSCO codes assessed by ACS 
  • You can then choose up to three occupations and ANZSCO codes you would like to be assessed against 
  • You will receive a separate outcome letter for each ANZSCO code for which you are successfully assessed

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) code is a numerical system used to classify and categorise occupations for immigration purposes in Australia and New Zealand.


Every job title on the Australian Governent’s occupations lists has its own unique six-digit ANZSCO code, e.g. Software Tester - ANZSCO code 261314.


See above for lists of ANZSCO codes for IT and Data Science occupations assessed by ACS for the purposes of skilled migration.

A Skilled Occupation List is a list of in-demand occupations in Australia. There are many of these lists, which are published by the Australian government. The good news is that most ICT professions are included on these lists.  



Examples of Skilled Occupation Lists include: 

  • Short-term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)  
    Tend to be for temporary visas 
  • Regional Occupation List (ROL)
    Australia’s regions have their own needs and may require your skills 
  • Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
    Skills in high demand across Australia, often with permanent visas

ACS will assess if your educational qualifications and/or work experience are at a professional ICT level and closely related to the nominated occupation (ANZSCO) for migration purposes.


ACS will review your qualification(s) to determine the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) comparability. The course units of your qualification are assessed to determine whether the professional ICT content is considered an ICT professional unit or not. The outcome of the Assessment will note if your qualification is a Major, Minor or if the ICT content is Insufficient.


An ACS Assessor will review which ICT units are considered closely related to your nominated occupation. Once your qualification(s) have been assessed as outlined above, the assessor will then determine the amount of relevant work experience required to meet the suitability criteria.

Be honest. Select IT and Data Science related skills that you have demonstrated in your career episodes to date and/or have learned through your ICT related qualifications. This will ensure that our system generates suggested ANZSCO codes that will reflect your qualifications and experiences.

If you are found to be unsuitable for all the ANZSCO codes that you have nominated, 

this suggests that the skills that you have chosen to be assessed against are not clearly demonstrated through the documentation and/or the educational and career episodes you have provided. Where there are obvious gaps, our case officers and assessors may ask for more proof to make sure we assess you correctly, in the hope of a suitable outcome for at least one ANZSCO code.

Once you submit your application the assessment process will commence, therefore it will NOT be possible to update your suggested ANZSCO code(s). 

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide all the documentation that they want to be considered in the application at the time of submission. Once your application has been submitted and is in process, additional documentation cannot be included.

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*For applications submitted BEFORE 5pm AEDT 15th April 2024

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