Survey Participant Information - Survey of Research and Experimental Development, Businesses



This page contains information to help businesses that are included in the Survey of Research and Experimental Development, Businesses for the 2015-16 reference period. For general information about participants in business surveys, please see Business FAQs. For assistance with using the online survey form, please see eSurvey - Help.

If your question about the Survey of Research and Experimental Development, Businesses is not answered on this page, or in the information provided on your web form, please contact the ABS on 1800 818 909 (free call excluding mobile phones).

Please note that an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) officer may contact you for clarification on any data that you provide. This additional information helps to ensure that statistics produced by the ABS are fit for purpose and of a high quality.


How do I access the web form?

The ABS has recently introduced the ABS Survey Account. This is a new, easier way to complete any ABS survey form. To create and use an ABS Survey Account to access your form online, click on the following web link or copy into your web browser - Once you have created your ABS Survey Account you can access your survey form by entering your Form Access Code. This is provided in the accompanying letter on the right hand side. The Form Access Code needs to be entered into the box that you see once you have logged in, you can then select 'Add Code' which will load your survey form to your account. You will only need to enter the Form Access Code once. If you have any issues creating your account, please contact the ABS on 1800 818 909 (free call excluding mobile phones).

Can I save an unfinished web form?

Yes, there is a functionality to save the web form when partially completed so you can return to it later. To do this simply click the Save and Exit button at the top of the form. This will save your form and exit you from the system. You will receive a confirmation message. You can then log back in to complete the survey at any time. However, please ensure you submit your form once completed as data will not be available to the ABS until submitted. Please be aware that, for security reasons, if there is inactivity on your computer for 20 minutes the web form will time out without saving.

Can I keep a record of my completed web form?

Yes, the ABS highly recommends that you keep a copy of your completed form for your own personal records.
        • To print a copy of the form, click the 'Print' button on the receipt page when you submit the form
        • A sample version of the form is available to download by clicking 'Preview survey questions' from the navigation menu

Can I get an extension or request assistance to complete the web form?

If you need assistance in completing the web form, or have difficulties in meeting the due date, an extension of time may be available. Please call 1800 818 909 (free call excluding mobile phones) and advise our staff of your situation.


What is the purpose of the survey and who uses the data?

The survey provides comprehensive data on Australia's Research and Experimental Development (R&D) effort. This information is used by government and advisers to government, international organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, businesses, economists and others. The information is used for purposes such as policy formulation, allocation of funds and the determination of priorities for research and development.

How did this business get chosen for the survey?

The majority of businesses are known performers of R&D from a previous survey. In some cases the business has been selected because it's been identified as a likely R&D performer, having applied for the R&D Tax Incentive scheme, or been a recipient of an R&D grant in recent years.

What is the reference period?

The reference period is for the financial year ended 30 June 2016.

What is the frequency of the survey?

Data for Research and Experimental Development, Businesses are reported on a biennial basis.

What questions are on the survey?

The survey asks for information about R&D activities and expenditure in reference to the year ending 30 June 2016.

Data to be reported includes:
  • Period covered by financial data on this form
  • Number of persons working for this business during the last pay period ending in June 2016
  • Percentage of foreign ownership of this business as at 30 June 2016
  • R&D activities carried out by this business during the year ended 30 June 2016 or the equivalent financial period
  • Human resources devoted to R&D
  • Type of R&D expenditure
  • Location of R&D expenditure
  • Source of R&D funds
  • Type of R&D activity
  • Classification of R&D by Fields of Research (FOR) Divisions
  • Classification of R&D by Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) Divisions


I have already sent you the information requested

If you believe you have already provided the ABS with the information requested for the 2015-16 Survey of Research and Experimental Development, Businesses, please call our staff on 1800 818 909 (free call excluding mobile phones).

How can I get access to the results of the ABS survey?

Results from the Survey of Research and Experimental Development, Businesses are available on the ABS website (catalogue number 8104.0) online at 8104.0 Research and Experimental Development, Businesses


The ABS is grateful for the cooperation of businesses in submitting completed forms promptly to enable early processing and timely release of results from our surveys. We look forward to your continued support.