Research Division

Research Codes

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (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 (R&D) undertaken in Australia and New Zealand. The three constituent classifications included in the ANZSRC are Fields of Research (FoR), Socio-economic Objective (SEO) and Type of Activity (TOA).

The use of the three constituent classifications in the ANZSRC ensures that R&D statistics collected are useful to governments, educational institutions, international organisations, scientific, professional or business organisations, business enterprises, community groups and private individuals in Australia and New Zealand. More information about the ANZSRC is available on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website.

All R&D activity at the University of Tasmania is categorised according to these codes, including:

  • Grant and Consultancy Income
  • Research Output (Publications)
  • Graduate Research Candidate

Research Classification Codes

Strategic Research Priorities (SRP)

As part of implementing the Actions in the National Research Investment Plan (Investment Plan), the Australian Research Committee (ARCom) has developed the SRPs to drive investment in areas that are of immediate and critical importance to Australia and its place in the world.

There are five overarching societal challenges, each with three subsections.

When completing the Research Funding Clearance Form (Word 32.4KB), please use the codes below and select at least one and up to three codes (with appropriate % weight totalling 100):

  1. Living in a changing environment
    1. 1.1 Identify vulnerabilities and boundaries to the adaptability of changing natural and human systems
    2. 1.2 Manage risk and capture opportunities for sustainable natural and human systems
    3. 1.3 Enable societal transformation to enhance sustainability and wellbeing
  2. Promoting population health and wellbeing
    1. 2.1Optimise effective delivery of health care and related systems and services
    2. 2.2Maximise social and economic participation in society
    3. 2.3Improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  3. Managing our food and water assets
    1. 3.1Optimise food and fibre production using our land and marine resources
    2. 3.2Develop knowledge of the changing distribution, connectivity, transformation and sustainable use of water in the Australian landscape
    3. 3.3Maximise the effectiveness of the production value chain from primary to processed food
  4. Securing Australia's place in a changing world
    1. 4.1Improve cybersecurity for all Australians
    2. 4.2Manage the flow of goods, information, money and people across our national and international boundaries
    3. 4.3Understand political, cultural, economic and technological change, particularly in our region
  5. Lifting productivity and economic growth
    1. 5.1Identify the means by which Australia can lift productivity and economic growth
    2. 5.2Maximise Australia's competitive advantage in critical sectors
    3. 5.3Deliver skills for the new economy

For further information please see the Australian Government fact sheet (PDF 151.4KB).

Type of Activity (TOA) codes

Four types of activity applicable to R&D are recognised in this classification.

A Research Project is normally to be classified under only one type of activity. However, there are instances where a research project is large and could potentially be classified to more than one type, i.e. a project could have sub-projects with elements of both applied and experimental research. In this case, a relevant percentage should be classified to each type.

  • Pure Basic Research (PB)
    Experimental or theoretical work which is undertaken to acquire new knowledge without looking for long term benefits other than advancement of knowledge.
  • Strategic Basic Research (SB)
    Experimental or theoretical work which is undertaken to acquire new knowledge directed into specific broad areas in the expectation of useful discoveries. It provides the broad base of knowledge necessary for the solution of recognised practical problems.
  • Applied Research (AR)
    Original work which is undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge with a specific application in view. It is undertaken either to determine possible uses for the findings of basic research or to determine new ways of achieving some specific and pre-determined objectives.
  • Experimental Development (ED)
    Systematic work, using existing knowledge gained from research or practical experience, that is directed to producing new materials, products or devices, to installing new processes, systems and services, or to improving substantially those already produced or installed