This release presents statistics on Research and Experimental Development (R&D) performed by Australian government and private non-profit organisations in respect of the financial year ended 30 June 2012. These statistics, as well as time series data, are also available in spreadsheet format (data cubes); see the Downloads page for this issue (cat. no. 8109.0) on the ABS website www.abs.gov.au
The 2010-11 Survey of Research and Experimental Development, Government and Private Non-Profit Organisations was deferred for a year and conducted for the 2011-12 financial year. The survey will be undertaken again for 2012-13, before returning to a biennial (two-yearly) collection frequency.
Users should refer to the Explanatory and Technical Notes for further contextual information when interpreting the results.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
Fields of Research and Socio-economic Objective data presented in this issue have been collected using the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) at the group level (4 digit) only rather than field level (6 digit). Production of outputs at the 6 digit level, previously available upon request, is no longer possible.
For more information on this classification please refer to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008 (cat. no. 1297.0).
The time series data available in data cubes have been revised. The industry and employment size data cubes have been ceased for the Government sector, and the industry data cube has been ceased for the Private non-profit sector.
A further reduction in the level of detail collected using the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) for Fields of Research and Socio-economic Objective will take place in 2012-13. Outputs from 2012-13 will only be available at the division level (2 digit).
When interpreting the results in this release, it is important to take into account factors that may affect the reliability of estimates. These factors are described in the Non-Sampling Error section of the Technical Note.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Amanda Baile on Perth (08) 9360 5357.