ANZSCO code – 253515 Otorhinolaryngologist

ANZSCO code 253515



Performs surgery to correct diseases and disorders of the ear, nose and throat. Registration or licensing is required.

Skill Level 1

Occupations at Skill Level 1 have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Assessing Authority

  • Medical Board of Australia (MedBA)

Alternative Titles

  • Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist
  • Head and Neck Surgeon

 Alternative titles are any commonly used alternative title (or titles) for the occupation. These alternative titles have the same meaning as the principal title but may be less commonly used. 


  • Laryngologist
  • Otologist
  • Rhinologist

 Specialisation titles are any commonly used titles which refer to a subset of jobs belonging to the occupation designated in the principal title. These jobs involve the performance of specialised tasks rather than the broader range of tasks usually performed in the occupation

Unit Group 2535: Surgeons


Perform surgery to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, and improve human functioning and appearance. Medical Registrars training as Surgeons are included in this unit group.

Indicative Skill Level

In Australia and New Zealand: Occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification, two years hospital-based training, and at least five years specialist study and training (ANZSCO Skill Level 1). Registration or licensing is required. 


  • Examining patients to determine the necessity of operations, estimating and explaining risks to patients, and selecting the best operational procedures
  • Reviewing reports on patients’ general physical condition, reactions to medications and medical histories
  • Consulting with Anaesthetists regarding the correct anaesthesia for patients
  • Performing surgical operations
  • Examining instruments, equipment, and surgical set-up to ensure that antiseptic and aseptic methods have been followed
  • Instructing other medical, nursing and associated staff regarding the preparation of patients and instrument and equipment requirements
  • Prescribing post-operative care, and observing and investigating patients’ progress
  • Maintaining records of operations performed
  • May specialise in particular types of operations

 Other occupations in this Unit Group

  • 253511: Surgeon (General)
  • 253512: Cardiothoracic Surgeon
  • 253513: Neurosurgeon
  • 253514: Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • 253516: Paediatric Surgeon
  • 253517: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
  • 253518: Urologist
  • 253521: Vascular Surgeon