Survey of Research and Experimental Development, Businesses - Help Page

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This survey provides comprehensive data on Australia's Research and Experimental Development (R&D) effort. This information is used by government and advisers to government, international organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, businesses, economists and others. The information is used for purposes such as policy formulation, allocation of funds and the determination of priorities for research and development.

Participant Information

1. How your business was chosen
2. Reporting period and due date
3. Expected questions on this survey
4. Submitting your data
5. Survey results
6. Further information

1. How your business was chosen

The majority of businesses are known performers of R&D from a previous survey. In some cases the business has been selected because it's been identified as a likely R&D performer, having applied for the R&D Tax Incentive scheme, or been a recipient of an R&D grant in recent years.

2. Reporting period and due date

The reference period is for the financial year ended 30 June 2018. If the selected business has a different financial year, please report for a 12 month period which ends between 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2018.

Please complete and submit your survey by 31 January 2019.

3. Expected questions on this survey

Data to be reported includes:
  • Number of persons working for this business during the last pay period ending in June 2018
  • R&D activities carried out by this business during the year ended 30 June 2018 or the equivalent financial period
  • Human resources devoted to R&D
  • Type of R&D expenditure
  • Location of R&D expenditure
  • Source of R&D funds
  • Type of R&D activity
  • Classification of R&D by Fields of Research (FOR) Divisions
  • Classification of R&D by Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) Divisions

Data provided for the R&D Business survey may not be the same as data provided for the R&D Tax Incentive Scheme. The following expenditure can be reported for the R&D Business survey, but is excluded from the R&D Tax Incentive scheme:
  • Computer software development, irrespective of its purpose
  • Research in social sciences, arts and humanities
  • Non-specific R&D expenditure that is indirectly attributable to R&D (e.g. a proportion of general overhead expenditure)
  • Expenditure incurred to acquire, construct, extend or improve a building to be used for R&D
  • Expenditure on acquiring technology for use in R&D

4. Submitting your data

To access your web form you will need to log in to your Survey Account. If you do not have a Survey Account you will need to create one using your email address and a password of your choice. This survey can then be added to your Survey Account by entering the Form Access Code that is included in your letter from the ABS. For further information, please see Survey Account Help.

If you have misplaced your letter, need assistance in completing the web form, or have difficulties in meeting the due date, please call 1800 818 909 (free call excluding mobile phones).

5. Survey results

Data produced by this survey is reported on a biennial basis and available on the ABS website at 8104.0 Research and Experimental Development, Businesses.

6. Further information

You can find more information on ABS Surveys through the links below:

Thank You

The ABS is continually grateful for the cooperation of businesses and thanks you for your participation and continued support.

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