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Wednesday, 27 September 1972
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Senator WILLESEE asked the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Science, upon notice:

(1)   When will the Department of Education and Science report on research and development expenditures in Australia be completed, and is it intended to publish this report

(2)   When will the section of the report on Commonwealth research expenditures be completed, and will the Minister make it immediately available to Parliament.

Senator WRIGHT The Minister for Education and Science has provided the following reply to the honourable senator's question:

(1)   1 am making available a summary of the present status of Project Score (Survey and Comparisons of Research Expenditures) in reply to House of Representatives Question No. 5495.

(2)   Collection of information from Commonwealth departments and instrumentalities on their research and development expenditure has been completed, lt remains to write a report. This is being prepared by my Department and will be made available to Parliament when it is published. Although at this stage analysis of the Commonwealth data is not complete. 1 am in a position to provide the following summary of results for that sector:

Expenditure in 1968-69 on research and development performed by the Commonwealth's own agencies totalled approximately $l35m. The distribution of that expenditure between various broad fields of science was as follows -


In addition to the above expenditure on research and development performed by its own agencies, the Commonwealth in 1968-69 paid $59m, mainly in the form of grants in direct support of research and development performed in other sectors of the economy. Universities received about 45 per cent of this direct financial assistance, business enterprises about 35 per cent and State Government agencies about 13 per cent.

Part of the research and development funds non-Commonwealth sources. These included overseas sources, as well as a number of research levy schemes which the Commonwealth administers. Contributors to these levy schemes support research programmes which are directed to the advancement of specific Australian industries. Approximately 10 per cent (or about J19m) of the total research and development funds expended by the Commonwealth came from these non-Commonwealth sources.

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