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.
Minister and Board
CSIRO was constituted and operates under the Science and Industry Research Act 1949 and is responsible and accountable to the Commonwealth. CSIRO’s direction is set by the CSIRO Board and the CSIRO Executive Team.
The Board includes the Chief Executive, who is appointed by the Board. Non-Executive members are appointed by the Governor-General. The Board is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the organisation.
Statement of Expectations
The Minister for Industry and Science provided this Statement of Expectations to CSIRO on 23 February 2015.
Board Directions to the Chief Executive
The Chief Executive must act in accordance with any policies determined by the Board and any directions given to the Chief Executive by the Board.
The Board Charter details the purpose, responsibility and accountability of the Board with a focus on direction, development, assurance and performance.
Board Governance Document
The Board Governance Document includes information on membership and roles, induction, conduct of members including disclosure of interest, remuneration, access to management, information and advice, and performance.
Board Audit and Risk Committee Charter
The Audit and Risk Committee assists CSIRO and its Board in areas of risk management, internal control and compliance.
Board People, Health and Safety Committee Charter
The People, Health and Safety Committee assists the Board to fulfil its governance responsibilities in relation to organisational development, people related activities and health and safety.
Australia Telescope Steering Committee Charter
The Committee assists the Board to fulfil its governance responsibilities through the provision high level advice on the ongoing delivery of radio astronomy capabilities for the nation.
Marine National Facility Steering Committee Charter
The Committee assists the Board to fulfil its governance responsibilities through the provision high level advice on the ongoing delivery of ocean research capabilities for the nation.
Chief Executive and Executive Team
The Chief Executive is accountable for managing the affairs of CSIRO and is supported by the Executive Team to lead, direct, coordinate and control the operations and performance of CSIRO.
CSIRO’s Executive Team is responsible for the development and implementation of the organisational strategy.
Executive Team Charter
The members of the Executive Team, individually and as a committee, support the Chief Executive to lead, direct, coordinate and control the operations and performance of CSIRO. The Executive Team as a committee is the primary executive management body in CSIRO.
Executive Team Governance Document
The CSIRO Executive Team Governance Document defines the governance arrangements for the ET and its committees.
Science Strategy Investment and Impact Committee Charter
The CSIRO Science, Strategy, Investment and Impact Committee (SICOM) is a sub-committee of the CSIRO Executive Team under the authority of the Chief Executive.
Major Transactions Committee Charter
The Executive Team operates the Major Transactions Committee (MTC) to direct and control CSIRO’s involvement in major transactions and related matters and investment.