22 March 2019

Public consultation is now open for universities, researchers, industry partners and the public to comment on the review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC). 

The ANZSRC review includes all three of the ANZSRC classifications—Type of Activity, Fields of Research, and Socio-Economic Objectives and is being carried out by the Australian Research Council (ARC) together with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Stats NZ and the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The review aims to ensure that ANZSRC reflects current practice and remains responsive to change in the sector.

The review will be guided by the ANZSRC Review Steering Committee, comprising representatives from the ARC, ABS, Stats NZ and MBIE. The role of the Steering Committee is to oversee the review and encourage implementation of the revised ANZSRC.

The ANZSRC Discussion Paper has now been released to guide discussion, and can be found on the ARC website. Submissions can be made through the online portal, and the closing date for submissions is 7 June 2019. 

Following this consultation period, feedback will be examined and a draft revised ANZSRC will be developed. This draft will be made available for public comment in late 2019, before the updated ANZSRC is adopted in 2020.

If you would like to be kept directly informed of developments or have any questions on the review, please email us at ARC-ANZSRCReview@arc.gov.au.