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Survey of Research and Experimental Development


Assistant Director
Research and Development Statistics
Small Business and Science and Technology Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics
PO Box 10

Telephone: 02 6252 5627
Facsimile: 02 6252 7004
Email: client.services@abs.gov.au
Internet: www.abs.gov.au


To provide comprehensive data on Australia's research and development (R&D) effort.
Business R&D data are published by industry.


The scope of the survey is all businesses in Australia which undertaken R&D. The 1996--97 R&D survey comprised a complete enumeration of businesses identified by the ABS as likely to have carried out R&D activity. There are approximately 3,500 businesses undertaking R&D in Australia each year.

Method of collection

Mail questionnaire.

Data detail

  • Expenditure on R&D
  • Human resources devoted to R&D
  • Type of R&D expenditure
  • Type of employee undertaking R&D
  • Source of funds for R&D
  • Location of R&D expenditure
  • R&D expenditure by type of activity (collected every second year)
  • Extramural R&D expenditure (collected every second year)
  • Payments and receipts for technical know-how (collected every second year)
  • Patent activity (collected every second year)
  • R&D expenditure classified by field of research
  • R&D expenditure classified by socioeconomic objective

    Geographic coverage

    Australia, although location of R&D expenditure is collected.

    Frequency of data availability

    Annual. Year ended 30 June.

    Historical data

    Data are available for 1976-77, 1981-82 and from 1983-84.

    Products and services available


  • Research and Experimental Development, Businesses, Australia (cat. no. 8104.0)

    Other products and services

  • More detailed R&D statistics are available on request

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