1297.0 - Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2020  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/06/2020   
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ANZSRC Background

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) is a set of three related classifications developed for use in the measurement and analysis of research and experimental development (R&D) statistics in Australia and New Zealand. The three classifications are:

    • Type of Activity (ToA);
    • Fields of Research (FoR); and
    • Socio-Economic Objectives (SEO).

ANZSRC allows the comparison of R&D data between the two countries and the rest of the world between different sectors of the economy e.g. general government, private non-profit organisations, businesses enterprises and educational institutions.

ANZSRC 2008 was jointly developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and StatsNZ.


A review of ANZSRC was undertaken to ensure the classification reflects current practice and to improve coverage, coherence and consistency across the classification. Subsequently, ANZSRC 2020 has been jointly developed by the ABS, Stats NZ, the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), and replaces ANZSRC 2008.

As part of this review process and development of ANZSRC 2020, many academic and research professionals, research organisations, government agencies, professional associations and peak industry bodies across Australia and New Zealand were consulted. Targeted consultation was also conducted with Indigenous discipline experts and peak bodies. The ABS gratefully acknowledges the assistance provided by these individuals and organisations.

The ABS would like to thank members of the Australian Expert Reference Group (ERG) and the New Zealand Working Group for providing guidance to the ANZSRC Review project team; and ARC for its financial and in-kind contributions.

More information on the ANZSRC Review is available at https://www.arc.gov.au/anzsrc-review

Changes between ANZSRC 2008 and ANZSRC 2020

There have been significant updates across all components of ANZSRC between the 2008 and 2020 iterations of the classification. This includes:
    • updates to ToA definitions;
    • the removal of the Sector level of SEO;
    • addition and splitting of FoR categories (including at Division level to create new Divisions such as Biomedical and clinical sciences);
    • deletion and merging of FoR categories (including at Division level to remove Divisions such as Technology);
    • addition and splitting of SEO categories (including at Division level to create new Divisions such as Environmental policy, climate change and natural hazards);
    • deletion and merging of SEO categories;
    • the alphabetisation of Divisions, Groups, Fields/Objectives; and
    • the introduction of a new code pattern for FoR and SEO (to avoid user confusion between ANZSRC 2008 and ANZSRC 2020).

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