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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002  
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Contents >> Science and Innovation >> R&D expenditure - Private non-profit sector

Expenditure on R&D carried out by private non-profit organisations in 1998-99 ($184m) increased by 6% (table 25.1) over 1996-97 expenditure.

Medical and health sciences comprised the major field of research for R&D expenditure in the private non-profit sector, accounting for $126m (68%) of the sector's total R&D expenditure in 1998-99. Labour costs continued to be the main component of R&D expenditure (50%) (table 25.13).

Medical and health sciences also comprised the leading field of research in terms of human resource use.


25.13 PRIVATE NON-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS, R&D Resources by Field of Research - 1998-99
Type of expenditure

Field of research
Land and buildings


$m
Other
capital
expenditure


$m
Labour
costs


$m
Other
current
expenditure


$m
Total


$m
Human
resources

person

years

Natural sciences, technologies and engineering -
- Mathematical sciences
-
-
-
-
-
-
- Physical sciences
-
-
0.6
0.3
1.0
12
- Chemical sciences
-
0.1
0.7
0.4
1.2
14
- Earth sciences
-
-
-
-
-
1
- Information, computers and communication technologies
-
-
0.4
0.1
0.5
4
- Applied sciences and technologies
-
-
0.1
-
0.1
2
- General engineering
-
-
0.2
-
0.2
3
- Biological sciences
0.7
3.1
21.4
15.9
41.2
482
- Agricultural sciences
-
-
0.3
0.2
0.5
5
- Medical and health sciences
2.6
11.3
63.5
48.6
125.9
1,455
- Total natural sciences, technologies and engineering
3.4
14.6
87.1
65.6
170.7
1,978
Social sciences and humanities -
- Social sciences
0.1
0.2
5.0
7.8
13.1
89
- Humanities
-
-
0.1
-
0.1
1
- Total social sciences and humanities
0.1
0.2
5.1
7.8
13.2
90
Total
3.5
14.8
92.2
73.5
183.9
2,068

Source: Research and Experimental Development, Government and Private Non-profit Organisations, Australia (8109.0).


In the private non-profit sector, Health was the main socioeconomic objective (table 25.14), accounting for 85% or $156m of total R&D expenditure. Education and training accounted for $13m (7%), while $8m (4%) was directed towards Advancement of knowledge.

A similar pattern applied to human resources devoted to R&D, with 87% directed towards Health, 5% towards Education and training, and 4% towards Advancement of knowledge.


25.14 PRIVATE NON-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS, R&D Resources by Socioeconomic Objective - 1998-99

Type of expenditure

Socioeconomic objective
Land and buildings


$m
Other
capital
expenditure


$m
Labour
costs


$m
Other
current
expenditure


$m
Total


$m
Human
resources

person

years

Defence
-
-
-
-
-
-
Economic development
0.3
0.5
1.4
1.5
3.7
26
Society -
- Health
2.9
13.4
79.5
59.8
155.6
1,809
- Education and training
0.2
0.4
5.0
7.3
12.9
95
- Social development and community services
-
-
0.9
1.0
1.9
17
- Total society
3.1
13.8
85.4
68.1
170.4
1,921
Environment
-
-
1.4
0.7
2.2
34
Advancement of knowledge
0.1
0.4
4.0
3.2
7.6
88
Total
3.5
14.8
92.2
73.5
183.9
2,068

Source: Research and Experimental Development, Government and Private Non-profit Organisations, Australia (8109.0).


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