Guest Post: 2015-16 Science, Research and Innovation Budget Tables on

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This post was submitted by Alex Aitkin, Assistant Manager, Research Commercialisation Section in the Science and Commercialisation Policy Division of the Department of Industry and Sciences.

On 30 July 2015 the Department of Industry and Science released the 2015-16 Science, Research and Innovation (SRI) Budget Tables on

The SRI Budget Tables have been released annually since 1979-80 and provide a comprehensive picture of Australian Government expenditure on research and development (R&D).

In harmony with the Australian Government’s commitment to provide expanded access to public sector data, for the first time the 2015-16 edition of the tables includes time series and other data for:

  • major publicly funded research agencies, rural R&D programmes, economic sectors and socio-economic objectives (1978-79 to 2015-16);
  • National Health and Medical Research Council programmes and expenditure sectors (1990-91 to 2015-16);
  • Cooperative Research Centres (1991 to 2014); and
  • Research block grants (2001 to 2015).

In a new initiative, the 2015-16 tables also include location details for a range of organisations that receive Australian Government research funding.

The time series data extending back to 1978-79 was compiled from past editions of the tables that were, until recently, only available in PDF format. These earlier editions have had their tabular data extracted and this data is also available as a collection of stand-alone spreadsheets from

As a consequence of these innovations, the SRI Budget Tables now enable users to answer a much wider range of questions and to generate a much more detailed collection of data visualisations than ever before. In another improvement, the tables also provide users with directions to other sources of information on the research system, enhanced notes that simplify interpretation of the data, and enhanced usability.

The Department of Industry and Science is constantly seeking to improve the tables and would appreciate feedback on these recent changes. Comments or suggestions can be sent to

Last updated: 24 January 2018