1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2012  
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Research and Innovation


This chapter presents a statistical picture of research and experimental development (R&D) and other forms of innovation in Australia.

The application of R&D and innovation to business processes influences the strength and competitiveness of the economy by increasing productivity and encouraging economic growth and development.

There is a range of statistics relating to R&D and innovation in Australia, many of which are compiled by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). These statistics are based on standards promulgated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Such standards enable international comparisons to be made between member countries.

This chapter describes key research and innovation statistics, and highlights the main features and recent trends.


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Statistics contained in the Year Book are the most recent available at the time of preparation. In many cases, the ABS website and the websites of other organisations provide access to more recent data. Each Year Book table or graph and the bibliography at the end of each chapter provides hyperlinks to the most up to date data release where available.