Review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification

Submissions closed: 10 February 2020, 5pm

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), Australian Research Council (ARC), Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Statistics New Zealand (Stats NZ) have published a consultation draft of proposed revisions to the ANZSRC classifications.

Details can be found in the following documents:

ANZSRC Review Consultation Draft Paper [PDF, 1.4 MB]—Provides background to the ANZSRC Review Consultation Draft, including the process for developing the draft, outstanding issues, and next steps for the review.

ANZSRC Review Consultation Draft: Indigenous Research [PDF, 1.4 MB]—Supplemental paper providing background on the proposed new Divisions for Indigenous Research in the Fields of Research (FoR) and Socio-Economic Objectives (SEO) classifications.

ANZSRC Review Consultation Draft: Fields of Research [XLSX, 814 KB]—Proposed revised ANZSRC FoR classification for comment.

ANZSRC Review Consultation Draft: Socio-Economic Objectives [XLSX, 3.4 MB]—Proposed revised ANZSRC SEO classification for comment.

Following public feedback on this Consultation Draft, additional targeted discussions may be undertaken with relevant peak bodies and experts to finalise the classification.

It is anticipated that the final updated ANZSRC will be published in mid-2020.

Making a submission

Content of submissions

Feedback is sought on:

  • Whether the revised classifications accurately capture the current New Zealand and Australian research landscape.
  • Whether any errors or ambiguities have been introduced in the drafting process.
  • Concordance between the old and revised ANZSRC classifications, including
    • Where codes have been deleted, where would that research be classified in the revised ANZSRC?
    • Where new codes have been created, where would that research have been classified in ANZSRC 2008?

Feedback should directly address corrections that are required to the draft classification to ensure the classification reflects research practices in New Zealand and Australia.

If you identify issues with the draft, please provide specific suggestions as to how they could be resolved.

Please consider your response in the context of disciplinary research practice, the multiple uses of ANZSRC and the information provided in the ANZSRC Review Consultation Draft Paper or ANZSRC Review Consultation Draft: Indigenous Research.

To assist in a balanced evaluation of the draft, submissions in support of changes are also welcomed.

Format of submissions

Emailed submissions must indicate whether the submission represents the views of an individual or an organisation (and if so, which organisation).

The preferred format for responses to the FoR or SEO drafts is a copy of the draft classification Excel workbook with comments against specific codes in the ‘Comments’ column provided.

 Submissions may be published (on the MBIE website) unless accompanied by a request that they not be made public. Submission information may be shared with New Zealand and Australian government agencies and other organisations for the purpose of the review.

Submissions may be made anonymously or pseudonymously. However, in these cases the Review agencies will be unable to follow up on any details in the submission.

Submissions in response to this consultation draft are invited via email to (for New Zealand stakeholders) or (for Australian stakeholders).

Please email if you wish to make a submission in another format or have any questions about the review.

Submissions will close on Monday 10 February 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 is being 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 conducted a public consultation in Australia and concurrently we led one in New Zealand.  The purpose of the public consultation was to collect stakeholder views on the Discussion Paper Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification Review 2019.

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

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

Of those who made submissions, 13 gave permission for them to be published. We considered all submissions and have nowput forward recommendations for further consultation with the sector. Any revisions to ANZSRC in response to the review are expected to be released mid-2020.

View the published submissions [PDF, 5.9 MB]

Contact us

Direct any questions regarding the review to:

Last updated: 25 February 2019