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

  • Fields of Research (FOR) codes
  • Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) codes
  • Type of Activity (TOA) codes

The codes can be found on the Australia Bureau Statistics (ABS) website and on the Stats NZ website. The codes are the same on both websites, but the Stats NZ site is easier to navigate.

We have recently moved from the 2008 Research Classification Codes to the updated 2020 codes.

For FoR concordances (how the updated 2020 codes relate to the 2008 codes) see concordance versions.

To view the 2020 FoR codes this Stats NZ site is the easiest to navigate.

To look at FoR Definitions and Exclusions at the 4-digit FoR level, go to this ABS site, download the FoR spreadsheet and look at the tab called ‘Table 4’.

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