8109.0 - Research and Experimental Development, Government and Private Non-Profit Organisations, Australia, 2014-15 Quality Declaration 
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GOVERNMENT RESOURCES DEVOTED TO RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT (R&D)

During the 2014-15 financial year, expenditure on R&D performed by Australian government organisations was $3,329 million. Commonwealth government organisations contributed $2,257 million (68%), and state and territory government organisations contributed $1,072 million (32%), to total government expenditure on R&D (GOVERD).

GOVERNMENT EXPENDITURE ON R&D, summary statistics

COMMONWEALTH
STATE/TERRITORY
TOTAL(a)
2012-13
2014-15
2012-13
2014-15
2012-13
2014-15
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

Type of expenditure
Capital expenditure
Land, buildings and other structures
95
102
350
30
445
132
Other capital expenditure
185
178
37
38
223
216
Total(a)
280
280
388
68
668
348
Current expenditure
Labour costs
1 277
1 210
594
620
1 871
1 831
Other current expenditure
787
767
399
383
1 187
1 150
Total(a)
2 064
1 978
993
1 004
3 058
2 981
Total expenditure on R&D(a)
2 345
2 257
1 381
1 072
3 725
3 329

(a) Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sum of the component items and totals.

GOVERD decreased 11% in current price terms and 16% in chain volume terms between 2012-13 and 2014-15.


GOVERNMENT RESOURCES DEVOTED TO R&D

2004-05
2006-07
2008-09
2011-12
2012-13
2014-15

Expenditure on R&D - Current prices
Commonwealth $m
1 544
2 046
2 252
2 426
2 345
2 257
State/territory $m
942
1 049
1 169
1 123
1 381
1 072
Total(a) $m
2 486
3 095
3 420
3 549
3 725
3 329
Expenditure on R&D - Chain volume measures(b)
Commonwealth $m
2 140
2 603
2 699
2 704
2 498
2 257
State/territory $m
1 305
1 335
1 400
1 252
1 471
1072
Total(a) $m
3 444
3 938
4 099
3 956
3 969
3 329
Human resources devoted to R&D
Commonwealth PYE
9 368
9 481
9 209
9 800
9 820
8 443
State/territory PYE
7 320
7 279
7 834
6 889
6 561
6 273
Total(a) PYE
16 687
16 760
17 042
16 689
16 381
14 715

(a) Where figures have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sum of the component items and totals.
(b) The reference period for chain volume measure is 2014-15. See Explanatory Notes for details.


Subsequent expenditure figures and supporting commentary relate to current price terms.


GOVERD and Gross Domestic Product (GDP)

GOVERD as a proportion of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) decreased from 0.24% in 2012-13 to 0.21% in 2014-15.

Image: GOVERD, as a proportion of GDP. Commonwealth GOVERD, State/Territory GOVERD and Total GOVERD as a proportion of GDP have decreased from 2004-05 to 2014-15.