Discussion paper

Announced in June 2018, the ANZSRC Review will be carried out jointly by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Stats NZ, the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE). 

One of the aims of the Review is to ensure that ANZSRC reflects current practice and is sufficiently robust to allow for long-term data analysis.

To support the Review, the ARC and ABS will conduct a series of consultations with Australian stakeholders. A parallel process will be undertaken in New Zealand by MBIE and Stats NZ, with the results of both consultations informing the development of the revised ANZSRC.

The purpose of this paper is to prompt and frame discussion during the first consultation period of the Review, which will run from 25 February to 7 June 2019. During the first consultation period, the Review will gather stakeholder feedback on the current classification including potential areas for the Review and how organisations and individuals use ANZSRC. In the New Zealand context, this initial consultation will also consider feedback provided by stakeholders in an initial scoping review conducted in 2016, undertaken in anticipation of the current full ANZSRC review.

Following this consultation period, the ANZSRC Review Steering Committee will consider feedback and a draft revised ANZSRC will be developed. It is anticipated that this draft will be made available for public comment in the final quarter of 2019, before the updated ANZSRC is published in 2020.

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