The information contained in this chapter presents a statistical picture of research and innovation in Australia. The application of research and innovation to business processes influences the strength and competitiveness of the economy by providing a basis for innovative change and encouraging economic growth and development.
There is a range of statistics relating to research and innovation in Australia, many of which are compiled by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). These statistics are based on standards developed by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) which enables international comparisons to be made with those member countries.
This chapter briefly describes key research and innovation statistics, and highlights the main features and recent trends.