Australian Bureau of Statistics
8109.0 - Research and Experimental Development, Government and Private Non-Profit Organisations, Australia, 2011-12 Quality Declaration
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/06/2013
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QUALITY DECLARATION - SUMMARY
Every effort is made to minimise non-sampling error by careful design and testing of the collection instrument, the use of efficient operating procedures and systems, and the use of appropriate methodologies.
For the Government and Private non-profit sectors, reliability and comparability of R&D statistics may be affected by the following specific non-sampling errors:
In processing 2011–12 data, no revisions were applied to 2008–09 estimates due to the three year gap between the collection cycles. Revisions must be taken into consideration when interpreting results, particularly when comparing estimates over time.
While every effort is made to ensure that all in-scope organisations are included in the survey, complete coverage cannot be guaranteed. The 2011–12 Survey of R&D, Government and Private Non-Profit Organisations achieved a response rate of 98.1%.
There are no other data sources with which ABS R&D data for the Government and Private non-profit sectors can be directly compared. However, some observations can be made which suggest the survey outputs give a reasonable indication of real world expectations and events. For example, trends are expected to broadly reflect changes in budget allocations as well as government policy relating to R&D funding, particularly for research based organisations.
While the ABS seeks to maximise consistency and comparability over time by minimising changes to the survey, sound survey practice requires ongoing development to maintain the integrity of the data, its relevance to the changing needs of users and the efficiency of the collection.
In addition to the non-sampling errors outlined in the Accuracy section, above, another factor which may affect the comparability of 2011–12 estimates with those of previous cycles is described below:
R&D, as collected by the ABS, is defined in accordance with the OECD standard as 'creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to increase the stock of knowledge, including knowledge of man, culture and society, and the use of this stock of knowledge to devise new applications'.
The ABS Survey of R&D, Government and Private Non-Profit Organisations also uses classifications specific to R&D: results presented in this release are based on the ANZSRC 2008.
Data providers report and self-classify R&D survey information based on their interpretation of OECD and ABS definitions and classifications. The ABS makes every effort to ensure correct and consistent interpretation and reporting of these data by applying consistent processing methodologies. See also the Reliability of Statistics and Revisions sections of the Technical Note.
Further important contextual information, to be considered when interpreting the results presented in this release, is provided in the Explanatory Notes (including the Technical Note and Glossary).
Additionally, for a more comprehensive interpretation of the definitions and classifications relating to R&D activity, refer to:
In addition to main features (which include key findings commentary) resulting from the Survey of R&D, Government and Private Non-Profit Organisations, a PDF version of the findings and time series data (in spreadsheet format) are included on the ABS website free of charge. See the Downloads page for this issue.
Links to other data releases relating to the ABS Survey of R&D, Government and Private Non-Profit Organisations can be found on the ABS website, via the Innovation, Science and Technology theme page under Topics @ a Glance/Industry.
If the information you require is not available as a standard product, inquiries can be made by contacting the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Amanda Baile on Perth (08) 9360 5357.
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This page last updated 13 June 2013