2613 Software and Applications Programmers

Software and Applications Programmers design, develop, test, maintain and document program code in accordance with user requirements, and system and technical specifications.

Indicative Skill Level:

In Australia:

Most occupations in this unit group have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience and/or relevant vendor certification 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 (ANZSCO Skill Level 1).

Tasks Include:

  • researching, consulting, analysing and evaluating system program needs
  • identifying technology limitations and deficiencies in existing systems and associated processes, procedures and methods
  • testing, debugging, diagnosing and correcting errors and faults in an applications programming language within established testing protocols, guidelines and quality standards to ensure programs and applications including technical security controls perform to specification
  • writing and maintaining program code to meet system requirements, system designs and technical specifications in accordance with quality accredited standards
  • writing, updating and maintaining technical program, end user documentation and operational procedures
  • providing advice, guidance and expertise in developing proposals and strategies for software design activities such as financial evaluation and costings for recommending software purchases and upgrades
  • managing testing and automation of software and application deployments
  • collecting and analysing operational metrics
  • developing continuous improvement and continuous delivery strategies across system design and software development
  • the creation and development of the tools required to support software and its management and security
  • performing forensic analysis to identify anomalies or threats
  • encryption and decryption
  • identification and mitigation of risks that may affect the performance and security throughout the lifecycle of the product.


  • 261311 Analyst Programmer
  • 261312 Developer Programmer
  • 261313 Software Engineer
  • 261314 Software Tester
  • 261399 Software and Applications Programmers nec

261311 Analyst Programmer

Alternative Title:

  • Programmer Analyst

Analyses user needs, produces requirements documentation and system plans, and encodes, tests, debugs, maintains and documents programs and applications.

Skill Level: 1

261312 Developer Programmer

Alternative Titles:

  • Applications Developer
  • ICT Developer
  • ICT Programmer

Interprets specifications, technical designs and flow charts, builds, maintains and modifies the code for software applications, constructs technical specifications, including cyber security, from a business functional model, and tests and writes technical documentation.

Skill Level: 1


  • Cyber Security Developer
  • Database Developer
  • Database Programmer (Systems)
  • Network Programmer
  • Software Developer
  • Software Programmer

261313 Software Engineer

Alternative Titles:

  • Software Architect
  • Software Designer

Designs, develops, modifies, documents, tests, implements, installs and supports software applications and systems.

Skill Level: 1


  • Computer Applications Engineer
  • Database Designer
  • Systems Architect

261314 Software Tester

Specifies, develops and writes test plans and test scripts, produces test cases, carries out regression testing, and uses automated test software applications to test the behaviour, functionality and integrity of computer software, and documents the results of tests in defect reports and related documentation. It excludes testing of technical security controls.

Skill Level: 1

261399 Software and Applications Programmers nec

This occupation group covers Software and Applications Programmers not elsewhere classified.

Skill Level: 1

Occupations in this group include:

  • No occupations have currently been identified for this residual category.