South Australia’s Strategic Plan is comprised of 100 targets. These targets are specific and measurable and enable us to measure our progress towards achieving the Plan’s visions and goals.

Each target is reported on through this section of the website. Data is analysed and uploaded as it becomes available.


96. Public research expenditure:

Public expenditure on research and development, as a proportion of Gross State Product, to be maintained at 1.2% to 2020

Key Measure


Explanatory Comments

South Australia’s public expenditure on research and development as a proportion of Gross State Product (GSP) increased from 1.18% in 2008–09 (baseline year) to 1.21% in 2012-13 and slightly exceeded the 1.20% target level. This is the latest available information which will be updated once further data is received.

From 2008–09 the original data source for this target was discontinued by the ABS. Suitable substitute data sources were not published until 2012-13. The new data source will be published every two years.

Public expenditure on research and development in South Australia in dollar terms was $1.1 billion in 2012–13. Additionally, South Australia’s public expenditure as a proportion of GSP was higher than national expenditure in 2012–13 (1.21% compared to 0.9%).

The State Accounts data are subject to frequent revisions by the ABS.

Lead Agency

Department of State Development