1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2003  
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Contents >> Science and Innovation >> Resources devoted to R&D - Private non-profit sector

Expenditure on R&D carried out by private non-profit organisations in 2000-01 ($283m) increased by 29% (table 25.1) over 1998-99 expenditure.

Medical and health sciences comprised the major field of research for R&D expenditure in the private non-profit sector, accounting for $181m (64%) of the sector's total R&D expenditure in 2000-01. Labour costs continued to be the main component of R&D expenditure (47%) (table 25.13).

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


25.13 R&D RESOURCES, Private non-profit organisations by field of research - 2000-01

Type of expenditure

Land and buildings
Other capital expenditure
Labour costs
Other current expenditure
Total
Human resources
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
person years

Mathematical sciences
-
0.1
0.4
0.6
1.1
8
Physical sciences
-
0.1
0.2
0.3
0.6
4
Chemical sciences
-
0.2
1.1
1.3
2.6
21
Earth sciences
-
-
-
-
-
-
Biological sciences
0.7
5.2
40.5
30.7
77.1
883
Information, computing & communication sciences
-
0.2
1.5
1.2
2.9
27
Engineering and technology
-
n.p.
n.p.
n.p.
n.p.
4
Agricultural, veterinary & environmental sciences
-
n.p.
n.p.
n.p.
n.p.
9
Medical and health sciences
24.9
10.7
80.1
65.1
180.8
1,665
Other research fields
0.1
0.4
8.2
7.8
16.5
101
Total
25.8
17.0
132.7
107.6
283.2
2,721

Source: Research and Experimental Development, Government and Private Non-Profit Organisations, Australia, 2000-01 (8109.0).


In the private non-profit sector, Health was the main socioeconomic objective (table 25.14), accounting for 91% or $257m of total R&D expenditure. Education and training accounted for $17m (6%), while $5m (2%) was directed towards Economic development.

A similar pattern applied to human resources devoted to R&D, with 92% directed towards Health, 4% towards Education and training, and 2% towards Economic development.


25.14 R&D RESOURCES, Private non-profit organisations by socioeconomic objective - 2000-01

Type of expenditure

Land and buildings
Other capital expenditure
Labour costs
Other current expenditure
Total
Human resources
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
person years

Defence
-
-
-
-
-
-
Economic development
-
0.3
2.9
2.1
5.4
45
Society
Health
25.6
16.0
119.0
96.2
256.9
2,515
Education and training
n.p.
n.p.
8.0
8.0
16.9
109
Social development & community services
n.p.
n.p.
1.0
0.4
1.4
15
Total society
25.8
16.7
128.0
104.6
275.2
2,639
Environment
-
-
1.5
0.7
2.2
28
Non-oriented research
-
-
0.3
0.2
0.5
9
Total
25.8
17.0
132.7
107.6
283.2
2,721

Source: Research and Experimental Development, Government and Private Non-Profit Organisations, Australia, 2000-01 (8109.0).


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