The anticipated review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC) is now underway. This joint review will be managed by us, Stats NZ, the Australian Research Council, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics and will run until 2020.
Revisions to ANZSRC in response to the review are expected to be released mid-2020.
Purpose of the review
ANZSRC is the collective name for a set of three related classifications developed for use in the measurement and analysis of research and experimental development undertaken in Australia and New Zealand. The three constituent classifications included in the ANZSRC are: Type of Activity (ToA), Fields of Research (FoR), and Socio-economic Objective (SEO). A review of these classification is required to enable ANZSRC to:
- more accurately reflect the contemporary reality of research and experimental development activities in Australia and New Zealand, and
- support a more consistent approach to categorising and defining those research activities for the production of official statistics and data on research and experimental development.
How the review will be conducted
The Review is being led by the ANZSRC Review Steering Committee. This committee comprises representatives from us, Stats NZ, the Australian Research Council and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
The Steering Committee’s role is to oversee the review, encourage implementation of the revised ANZSRC, and manage project governance. The committee is committed to undertaking a transparent process with multiple opportunities for public participation. Any updates to ANZSRC will require endorsement by Australian Bureau of Statistics and Stats NZ.
Public and targeted consultations will occur concurrently in Australia and in New Zealand. The submissions received will be reviewed by the Committee and expert reference groups comprised of statistical and research classification experts. A draft revised ANZSRC will be available for public comment late 2019 prior to adoption in mid-2020.
The Australian Research Council will conduct a public consultation in Australia and concurrently we will led one in New Zealand. The purpose of the public consultation is to collect stakeholder views on the Discussion Paper Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification Review 2019.