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8111.0 - Research and Experimental Development, Higher Education Organisations, Australia, 2002  
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RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D) GUIDELINES

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) surveys of R&D are conducted in accordance with standard guidelines promulgated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). These guidelines state that the expenditure on R&D should include both direct expenditure and an estimate for indirect (overhead) expenditure in support of R&D.


For the ABS R&D survey of the Higher education sector, only universities are surveyed. Other institutions (e.g. Technical and Further Education colleges) are excluded because it is considered that their contribution to total R&D activity would be minimal.



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EXPENDITURE ON R&D

Higher education expenditure on R&D (HERD) in Australia in 2002 was estimated to be $3,430m at current prices. This represented an increase of 22.9% over 2000.


In volume terms, with the effect of changes in prices and wages and salaries removed, R&D expenditure increased by 14.0% compared with 2000.


HERD has steadily increased since 1994 with an average annual rate of growth over this period of 8.2% in current price terms and 4.9% in chain volume measures.


HERD as a percentage of Gross Domestic product (GDP) in current prices has increased from 0.42% in 2000 to 0.45% in 2002.

Expenditure on R&D
Graph: Expenditure on R&D




HUMAN RESOURCES DEVOTED TO R&D

Human resources devoted to R&D in Australia in 2002 by higher education organisations was estimated to be 49,612 person years. This represented an increase of 7.2% over 2000 and an average annual rate of growth of 2.7% since 1994.

RESOURCES DEVOTED TO R&D

1994
1995
1996
1998
2000
2002

Expenditure
At current prices ($m)
1,830
2,039
2,308
2,555
2,790
3,430
Chain volume measures ($m)
2,344
2,557
2,797
2,943
3,008
3,430
Human resources (person years)
40,096
42,739
45,502
46,287
49,612

na not available
r revised
(a) The reference year for chain volume measures is 2002. See paragraph 15 of the Explanatory Notes for details.


PURPOSE OF RESEARCH

Most R&D expenditure by higher education organisations was directed towards Society ($1,474m or 43.0%) and Economic Development ($992m or 28.9%).



RESEARCH FIELDS

Medical and health sciences ($864m or 25.2%), Biological sciences ($410m or 12.0%), Engineering and technology ($375m or 10.9%) and Agricultural, veterinary and environmental sciences ($235m or 6.9%) were major fields of research by higher education organisations.


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