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Rationale

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) has been developed for use in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of research and experimental development statistics in Australia and New Zealand.

ANZSRC is the collective name for a set of three related classifications. The three constituent classifications included in ANZSRC are: Type of activity (TOA), Fields of research (FOR), and Socio-economic objective (SEO).

The use of the three constituent classifications ensures information collected on research and development (R&D) statistics is useful to governments; educational institutions; international organisations; scientific, professional, or business organisations; business enterprises; community groups; and private individuals in Australia and New Zealand. ANZSRC is widely accepted as the national standard classification in Australia and New Zealand, not only in the compilation of R&D statistics but also in the study of research in these countries generally.

Classification

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) is the collective name for a set of three related classifications. The three classifications included in ANZSRC are:

• Type of activity (TOA)
• Fields of research (FOR)
• Socio-economic objective (SEO).

1. TOA is a flat classification with four categories. Excluding residual categories:

Classification Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification – Type of Activity
Abbreviation ANZSRC.TOA
Version V1.0
Effective date 31/03/2008
 
2. FOR is a hierarchic classification of three levels. Level 1 of the classification has 22 divisions, level 2 has 157 groups, and level 3 has 1,238 fields. Excluding residual categories:
 
Classification Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification – Fields of Research
Abbreviation ANZSRC.FOR
Version V1.0
Effective date 31/03/2008

3. SEO is a hierarchic classification of four levels. Level 1 of the classification has 5 sectors, level 2 has 17 divisions, level 3 has 119 groups, and level 4 has 847 objectives. Excluding residual categories:

Classification Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification – Socio-Economic Objective
Abbreviation ANZSRC.SEO
Version V1.0
Effective date 31/03/2008

For more details visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics – Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC).

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