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Contents >> Communications and information technology >> Research and experimental development (R&D) undertaken by the ICT sector

Chapter 25 Science and innovation presents a range of R&D statistics based on various ABS surveys. The data presented in table 23.10 have been drawn from surveys for all businesses in the ANZSIC industries covered by the ICT sector.

During 2002-03 expenditure on R&D by the ICT sector was $1,497m, 25% of total business sector R&D expenditure ($5,979m). In current price terms this expenditure was 12% less than the level recorded in 2001-02 (table 23.10).

Major ICT research fields where R&D expenditure occurred were Computer software ($536m) and Communication technologies ($363m), 36% and 24% respectively of the total.

The bulk of the R&D expenditure in the ICT sector was in the Computer services industry grouping ($719m or 48%), followed by the Telecommunications service industry grouping ($318m or 21%) and the Manufacturing industry grouping ($252m or 17%).


23.10 R&D EXPENDITURE, By ICT industry groupings and research field

Manufacturing
Wholesale
trade
Telecommunication
services
Computer
services
Total
Research field
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

2001-02

Information systems and technologies
12.9
6.9
11.8
110.6
142.2
Computer hardware
7.2
(a)n.p.
(a)n.p.
5.1
18.2
Computer software
85.2
52.3
13.1
406.1
556.7
Communication technologies
123.6
(a)n.p.
(a)n.p.
103.8
543.1
Other information, computer and communication technologies
35.6
(a)n.p.
(a)n.p.
19.9
245.9
Total ICT fields
264.6
(a)n.p.
(a)n.p.
645.4
1,506.0
Other fields
89.8
(a)n.p.
(a)n.p.
80.7
189.4
Total
354.4
255.0
359.9
726.1
1,695.5

2002-03

Information systems and technologies
7.4
10.2
2.7
142.6
163.0
Computer hardware
4.0
(a)n.p.
(a)n.p.
6.4
11.7
Computer software
60.4
84.5
6.0
384.9
535.8
Communication technologies
66.9
(a)n.p.
(a)n.p.
102.6
363.0
Other information, computer and communication technologies
21.7
(a)n.p.
(a)n.p.
40.9
269.8
Total ICT fields
160.4
(a)n.p.
(a)n.p.
677.5
1,343.3
Other fields
91.8
(a)n.p.
(a)n.p.
41.9
153.3
Total
252.2
207.0
318.0
719.4
1,496.6

(a) Not available for publication but included in totals where applicable, unless otherwise indicated.

Source: ABS data available on request, Survey of Research and Experimental Development - Business Sector.


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