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    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

    OVERVIEW
    This survey is conducted biennially and collects estimates of Research and Experimental Development (R&D) expenditure and human resources devoted to R&D by higher education organisations in Australia. The data are classified by type of expenditure, type of activity, source of funds, type of employee, location of expenditure, socio-economic objective and field of research.

    PURPOSE
    The statistics enable the nature and distribution of R&D activity in Australia to be monitored and analysed by government, business, academics and international organisations. The data are used for a variety of purposes, including policy formulation, allocation of funds and the determination of priorities for research and development.

    SCOPE
    Scope:
    All universities and other institutions of post-secondary education in Australia.

    Coverage:
    Only universities are surveyed. Technical and Further Education colleges are excluded.

    DATA DETAIL

    Conceptual framework
    Not applicable

    Main outputs
    Universities: Estimates of R&D expenditure and human resources devoted to R&D, by location of expenditure. Total R&D expenditure given in both current prices and volume terms.

    Classifications

    Location: States and Territories of Australia.

    Type of activity (TOA): four categories: pure basic research, strategic basic research, applied research and experimental development.

    Research fields, courses and disciplines (RFCD): hierarchical three level classification. Data available at third (Subject) level, but only published at second (Discipline) level.

    Socio-economic objective (SEO): hierarchical four level classification. Data available at fourth (Class) level, but only published at second (Subdivision) level.

    Details of the above three classifications (TOA, RFCD and SEO) are published in the 1998 edition of the Australian Standard Research Classification (ASRC), (Cat No. 1297.0). This classification is also available on the ABS Home page.

    Other concepts (summary)
    Not applicable

    GEOGRAPHIC DETAIL
    1. National & State/Territory\1.01 Australia

    Comments and/or Other Regions
    R&D expenditure available by State and Territory.

    COLLECTION FREQUENCY
    2 Yearly

    Frequency comments
    Biennial collection

    COLLECTION HISTORY
    Commencing with the data year 1994, all of the data have been collected by the ABS. For the years 1990 and 1992, the data were collected by the Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs (DEETYA). Statistics for earlier years were derived from ABS R&D surveys in conjunction with general expenditure estimates obtained from DEETYA.

    DATA AVAILABILITY
    Yes

    Data availability comments
    Publication released every second year approximately fifteen months after survey period.


    DATE OF LAST UPDATE FOR THIS DOCUMENT
    10/02/2003 09:31 AM



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