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ANZSCO changes

Great news for some occupations – you may now qualify for residence. Bookkeepers, Personal Care Assistants, Teachers’ Aides, Bank Workers, Sewing Machinists and many more can now apply for residence!

Statistics New Zealand and the Australian Bureau of Statistics have completed a ‘refresh’ of the ANZSCO and includes changing the skill level of some occupations. This will be published on the ABS website from 5 November. For assessment purposes, Immigration New Zealand will not use the updated version of the ANZSCO until mid-2020. INZ will continue to use the version that we currently use, which is version 1.2.

However, occupations that have been ‘upgraded,’ i.e. have changed from skill level 4 or 5 to skill level 1-3 in the new version, will be treated as exceptions. For these occupations, they will be treated as if they are skill level 1-3 immediately, provided the role pays at least the New Zealand median income.

Which occupations are treated as an exception?

The occupations treated as an exception will be available in Appendix 7 of the Operational Manual. They are listed below for reference. All occupations listed should be treated as ANZSCO skill level 1-3 and therefore may be eligible for points for skilled employment under the Skilled Migrant Category or be assessed as mid-skilled under Essential Skills provided the applicant earns at least the New Zealand median income.


421111 Child Care Worker

421112 Family Day Care Worker

421114 Out of School Hours Care Worker

422116 Teachers’ Aide

423411 Child or Youth Residential Care Assistant

423413 Refuge Worker

451111 Beauty Therapist

451412 Tour Guide

451612 Travel Consultant

451811 Civil Celebrant

452211 Bungy Jump Master

452212 Fishing Guide

452213 Hunting Guide

452214 Mountain or Glacier Guide

452215 Outdoor Adventure Instructor

452216 Trekking Guide

452217 Whitewater Rafting Guide

452299 Outdoor Adventure Guides nec


551211 Bookkeeper

552111 Bank Worker

552211 Credit or Loans Officer

711211 Industrial Spraypainter

711311 Paper Products Machine Operator

711313 Sawmilling Operator

711611 Sewing Machinist

711711 Footwear Production Machine Operator

711712 Hide and Skin Processing Machine Operator

711713 Knitting Machine Operator

711714 Textile Dyeing and Finishing Machine Operator

711715 Weaving Machine Operator

711716 Yarn Carding and Spinning Machine Operator

711799 Textile and Footwear Production Machine Operators nec


712111 Crane, Hoist or Lift Operator

712916 Paper and Pulp Mill Operator

712921 Waste Water or Water Plant Operator

721112 Logging Plant Operator

721913 Paving Plant Operator

731311 Train Driver

821711 Construction Rigger

423313 Personal Care Assistant

452311 Diving Instructor (Open Water)

591212 Import-Export Clerk

599611 Insurance Investigator

599612 Insurance Loss Adjuster



Why are INZ continuing to use ANZSCO version 1.2?

From mid-2020, ANZSCO will no longer be used to determine the skill level of employment for Essential Skills work visa applications. Instead, INZ will use a simple remuneration threshold pegged to the median wage. More information about this change can be found on our website: To provide stability to applicants and employers while INZ system transitions, INZ is continuing to use the current version of ANZSCO (version 1.2).

Why are INZ making exceptions to ANZSCO version 1.2 for some occupations?

There are some occupations that would have benefited from the new version of ANZSCO because the skill level of the occupation has been upgraded from 4 or 5 to 1-3. Treating these occupations as exceptions allows people in these roles to get the benefit of the higher skill level, provided they are paid at least the New Zealand median income.


Note: The median income is currently $25 per hour ($52,000 for a 40 hour week) but will shortly increase to $25.50 ($53,040).