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1297.0 - Australian Standard Research Classification (ASRC), 1998  
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Division 4 - Environment, covers R&D directed towards assessing and sustaining the quality of the environment and its natural resources. The environment for purposes of this classification refers to `all surroundings of human beings, whether affecting human beings as individuals or in social groupings'. Source: Environmental Protection (Impact of Proposals) Act 1975.

This division includes R&D directed towards the study of the environment (both of pristine and degraded or altered states) conducted in the context of developing management strategies to sustain the quality of environmental attributes. It also includes studies of the environmental impact of socio-economic activities as well as R&D for the development of social and economic environmental policies. This division has two subdivisions:

    760000 - Environmental Policy Frameworks and Other Aspects
    770000 - Environmental Management


      R&D directed towards:

      (a) the provision of services to improve individual and community health is included in Division 3 Society, Group 730200 Public Health, Class 730210 Environmental health;

      (b) social environment is included in Subdivision 750000 Social Development and Community Services; and

      (c) 'clean production' to minimise emissions to the environment from industrial processes or towards protection of the production site (e.g. sustainability of agricultural production systems) is included in the relevant Subdivisions and Groups of the Defence, Economic Development and Society Divisions.

Full details of the classification structure and definitions for each subdivision follow this document.

This section contains the following subsection :
          760000 - Environmental, Policy Frameworks and other Aspects
          770000 - Environmental Management

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