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Contents >> Chapter 23 - Information and communication technology >> ICT-related Research and Experimental Development (R&D)

ICT-RELATED RESEARCH AND EXPERIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT (R&D)

During 2003-04 expenditure on ICT-related R&D was $2,296m, 32% of total business sector R&D expenditure ($7,220m). In current price terms this expenditure was 2% greater than the level recorded in 2002-03 (table 23.10).

Major ICT research fields where R&D expenditure occurred were Computer software ($815m) and Information systems ($707m), 35% and 31% respectively of the total.

The bulk of the ICT-related R&D expenditure was in the Computer services industry grouping ($684m or 30%), followed by the Manufacturing industry grouping ($287m or 13%) and the Telecommunications service industry grouping ($242m or 11%).

A more detailed range of R&D statistics collected by the ABS is presented in the Science and innovation chapter.

23.10 R&D EXPENDITURE, By ICT-related research fields, and industry grouping

Manufacturing
Wholesale
trade
Tele-
communication
services
Computer
services
Other n.e.c.
Total
ICT-related research field
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m
$m

2002-03

Artificial intelligence and signal and image processing
8
1
-
16
25
50
Communication technologies
88
n.p.
251
n.p.
49
462
Computation theory and mathematics
4
n.p.
-
3
n.p.
54
Computer hardware
6
-
n.p.
n.p.
9
22
Computer software
99
80
6
379
156
720
Data format
2
1
-
10
14
27
Information systems
16
9
58
117
511
711
Other information, computing and communication sciences
46
38
n.p.
38
n.p.
210
Total
270
183
377
590
837
2,257

2003-04

Artificial intelligence and signal and image processing
5
1
-
19
33
58
Communication technologies
91
57
147
20
53
368
Computation theory and mathematics
3
-
-
3
42
48
Computer hardware
9
3
-
7
9
28
Computer software
90
77
9
481
158
815
Data format
2
2
-
13
45
62
Information systems
25
n.p.
n.p.
123
522
707
Other information, computing and communication sciences
61
n.p.
n.p.
18
45
210
Total
287
176
242
684
907
2,296

Source: ABS data available on request, Survey of Research and Experimental Development - Business Sector.


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