Review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification

Submissions closed: 07 June 2019, 5pm

We received 23 New Zealand-specific submissions as part of the review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC).

This joint review is being managed by us, Stats NZ, the Australian Research Council, and the Australian Bureau of Statistics and will run until 2020.  

Of those who made submissions, 13 have given permission for them to be published. We are currently considering all submissions and will put forward recommendations for further consultation with the sector by the end of 2019. Any revisions to ANZSRC in response to the review are expected to be released mid-2020.

View the published submissions [PDF, 5.9 MB]

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.

Public consultations

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.

The public consultation period is 25 February to 7 June 2019. Submissions must be received by close of business Friday 7 June 2019 to be considered as a part of the draft ANZSRC.

How to make a submission

All submissions in response to the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification Review 2019 discussion paper must be made using the submission form(external link).  This form will enable you to:

  • upload a response in Microsoft Word or machine-readable PDF format
  • respond to the questions in the Discussion Paper, or
  • make a shorter submission (for example addressing issues with specific codes).


  • should be in the form of Microsoft Word or machine-readable .PDF files.
  • may be made public unless accompanied by a request for confidentiality.
  • may be shared with Australian or New Zealand government agencies and other organisations for the purpose of the review.
  • can be made anonymously or pseudonymously, however done so we will not be able to provide any follow up.

Targeted consultations

Targeted consultations may be conducted to actively seek advice and input from stakeholders including:

  • universities and their research offices
  • discipline peak bodies
  • users of ANZSRC-coded data such as researchers and government agencies, and
  • businesses that engage in data services or that use relevant classification systems.

These consultations may include roundtable discussions and meetings with individuals.

Contact us

Direct any questions regarding the review to:

Last updated: 25 February 2019