12 December 2019

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

The purpose of the ANZSRC review is to ensure that research classifications reflect current practice and remain responsive to change in the sector. Input from researchers and research experts will be vital to ensuring that the final classification fulfils these goals.

The ANZSRC Review Consultation Draft proposes significant changes to both the Fields of Research (FoR) and Socio-Economic Objectives (SEO) classifications, based on initial consultations. In the drafted classification, Division 11 Medical and Health Sciences has been split into two Divisions, while Division 10 Technology has been removed, and its Groups distributed among other Divisions. The Sector level of the SEO classification has been removed to align with the FoR hierarchy.

A new Division-level (‘2-digit’) classification for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Māori, and Pacific Peoples research is proposed for both the FoR classification and the SEO classification. These new Divisions would allow for greater recognition and visibility of this important and unique sector of the Australian and New Zealand research landscape.

For full details of the consultation draft and how to make a submission, please see the ARC website. Submissions will close on 10 February 2020. After this date, additional targeted consultations may be undertaken with peak bodies and experts to finalise the classification. It is anticipated that the final updated ANZSRC will be published in mid-2020.

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