Changes to the skill level of 44 occupations in ANZSCO has opened the door to SMC Residence pathway for people in previously low skilled roles.

A new version of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) has been announcedCoinciding with ANZSCO version 1.3 (to be released 5 November 2019)are amendments to Immigration Instructionsin effect as of 29 October 2019. These changes have immediate and significant consequences for  SMC residence  and Essential Skills work visa applicants.  

Until mid-2020, when INZ’s earlier announced change  that the ANZSCO will no longer be used to assess temporary work visas INZ Announcement – comes into force, INZ will continue to use ANZSCO version 1.2 for the purposes of deciding visa applications. However, this is not the case for every ANZSCO occupation. 

 Some occupations have been ‘upgraded’, from a skill level 4 or 5 in ANZSCO version 1.2, to a skill level 1-3 in version 1.3. These occupations, listed in the table below, will be treated as exceptions.  


ANZSCO code and occupation 
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 

Applications made before mid-2020: 

  •  If your occupation is on the list of exceptions and your pay is above the New Zealand median income (currently $25, soon to be $25.50), INZ will use ANZSCO Version 1.3 to assess your application.  
  •  If your occupation is on the list of exceptions, but your pay is below the New Zealand median income, INZ will use ANZSCO version 1.2 to assess your application.  
  •  If you currently hold a work visa, the skill level of your job is unchanged.  

 Applications made after mid-2020: 

  •  For the Essential Skills Work Visa (Temporary Work Visa), ANZSCO will not be used to assess whether an applicant is in skilled employmentInstead, skill level will be determined by a remuneration threshold linked to the median wage. 
  •  For the Skilled Migrant Category Resident VisaINZ will use ANZSCO Version 1.3 to assess the skill level of an applicant’s job. 

 Immigration New Zealand are yet to provide specifics about the immigration procedures that are planned for next year. However, if you are working in one of the excepted occupations and would like further information, we recommend you speak to a licensed immigration advisor. Contact Pathways NZ for a free preliminary assessment. 


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