Australian Bureau of Statistics
1297.0 - Australian Standard Research Classification (ASRC), 1998
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/08/1998
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Nature and purpose of the SEO classification
1. The SEO Classification allows R&D data to be classified according to the researcher's perceived purpose. The purpose categories take account of processes, products, health, education and other social and environmental aspects of particular interest.
3. The SEO Classification is arranged in a hierarchical structure. It has 5 divisions, 18 subdivisions, 107 groups and 594 classes.
5. Subdivisions, groups and classes are all assigned six-digit codes. Subdivisions are uniquely identified by the first two digits and the remainder of the code is zero filled. Groups are uniquely identified by the first four digits and the remainder of the code is zero filled. Classes have unique six-digit codes.
6. There are ninety-nine possible categories at the subdivision, group and class levels to allow for future expansion of the classification. The divisions are not reflected in the code system at the subdivision or finer levels.
Guidelines for classifying R&D by SEO
7. The following general procedures are aimed to ensure consistent and successful classification of R&D data.
12. In studying industry performance, it is possible to compare trends in industry with the levels of R&D directed towards particular industries. ABS statistics have been compiled according to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC).
14. The ANZSIC is a classification of industries. Business units reporting data to a range of ABS censuses and surveys are classified to the ANZSIC on the basis of their predominant economic activity (e.g. what they do to generate income). Normally income is generated through the sale of goods and services produced by the business or bought in from other businesses. An industry as represented in ABS statistics is made up of businesses which are classified to it in accordance with the ANZSIC.
15. When comparing R&D data classified by the SEO with industrial statistics based on the ANZSIC, there are some important considerations to be noted:
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