About us

At the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), we shape the future. We do this by using science to solve real issues. Our research makes a difference to people, industry and the planet.

  • We are CSIRO

    We ask, we seek, we solve. As Australia’s national science agency we’ve been pushing the edge of what’s possible for over 85 years - and we're not stopping now.

  • History and achievements

    Since we started life as the Advisory Council of Science and Industry in 1916, we’ve advanced Australia with a range of inventions and innovations that have had significant positive impact on the lives of people around the world.

  • Our impact

    We boost Australia's potential through excellent science that provides positive economic, environmental and social impacts. Across our organisation, we ensure this continues by embedding our impact model, planning and monitoring, evaluation and reporting.

  • Strategy and structure

    Our operating model ensures we're in the best position to deliver on our strategies and operational plan, maximising the impact of our science.

  • Leadership and governance

    We're an Australian Government corporate entity with a Board that sets our strategic direction and an Executive Team, led by the Chief Executive, that leads, directs, coordinates and controls our operations.

  • International collaboration

    We work with leading organisations around the world, and are recognised internationally for our quality research. We specialise in different areas in different regions of the world, and have charted some of our biggest projects on our International Collaboration Map.

  • Policies and guidelines

    The integrity of our science is underpinned by commitment to our values, adherence to our policies and maintaining the highest standards of practice.

  • Access to information

    As a Commonwealth organisation, we comply with statutory obligations relating to Freedom of Information, Privacy and Public Interest Disclosures.

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