Public sector R&D spend still flatlining: ABS

Brandon How

There was no movement on the amount spent on research and development activity inside government organisations in the first year of the Albanese government when measured as a proportion of the national economy, according to newly released data, reigniting concerns of a stalled national system.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday published its biennial expenditure data on research and development activity performed by government organisations (GOVERD) at the federal and state and territory level. This includes departments, the CSIRO, and the Defence Science and Technology Group.

As a proportion of GDP it remained unchanged at 0.17 per cent despite nominal jumps across the board. However, in nominal terms GOVERD grew by $726 million (20 per cent), between 2020/21 and 2022/23 to $4.34 billion.

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