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Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Release of the revised Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification

During 2007 and early 2008 the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) worked with the sector to update the 1998 Standard Research Classification and replace it with an Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC).

The ANZSRC was released on 31 March 2008 which updated the RFCD codes with 'Field of Research' codes as well as refreshing the socio-economic objective (SEO) codes.  The ANZSRC has been significantly expanded with about 40 per cent more research codes than the 1998 classification.  This aligns the classification more closely to the research currently being undertaken in Australia and New Zealand, and will reduce the volume of research categorised as "not elsewhere classified". 

Implementation of the ANZSRC across government and other organisations commenced in April 2008.

The ANZSRC includes concordance tables to enable organisations to easily update their administrative systems, and to allow for analysis of data across the various versions of the classification over time. The ANZSRC also maps to the OECD Fields of Science and Technology classification to allow for international benchmarking.

For further information about the review process undertaken by the ABS contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070. 

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Content Last Modified: 17/12/09