Research Classification Codes

Research priorities and classification codes adopted within Australia, and often required for grant applications, or to classify research outputs for collections such Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Australian science & research priorities

The Australian Government has developed a set of science & research priorities, and corresponding practical research challenges, designed to increase investment in areas of immediate and critical importance to Australia and its place in the world:

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

ANZSRC is a compendium of three classifications developed specifically for the compilation of standardised research and development statistics. It comprises classifications for Field of Research (FoR), Socio-economic Objective (SEO), and Type of Activity. Please visit the Australian ABS or New Zealand Aria website to view these codes (websites offer different layouts and methods of navigation):

2020 codes

2008 codes

Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) was developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for use in the compilation and analysis of industry statistics in Australia and New Zealand. The ANZSIC is a hierarchical classification comprising four levels, namely Divisions (the highest level of the classification), Subdivisions, Groups and Classes (the lowest level of the classification).

  • Visit the ANZSIC website for more information.

NHMRC research classification codes

The broad research area, field of research, broad health area and socio-economic objectives used by the NHMRC have been developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and published as the Australian Standard Research Classification 2008 edition. Includes research keywords and phrases.