The CSIRO Annual Report 2011–12 has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Science and Industry Research Act 1949 and in accordance with section 9 of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (CAC Act).
Part 1: Overview
Performing high-quality science that delivers results with relevance and impact across areas of importance for Australia, is what drives us each and every day.
CSIRO – the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation – is one of the largest and most diverse scientific organisations in the world. It has over 6,400 staff located across 57 sites throughout Australia and one overseas.
Letter of transmittal
18 September 2012
Highlights of 2011-12
This report highlights a wide array of our recent science and its applications. Here are just a few examples of the impact science has on our lives, our industries and our environment.
Foreword by the Chairman
Foreword by Simon McKeon AO, Chairman of the CSIRO Board.
Chief Executive's report 2011-12
Over the past year we launched our new 2011–15 Strategy. This strategy will see us fully embrace our distinct role as the nation’s leading, large-scale, multidisciplinary, mission-directed science and technology organisation.
Our locations as at June 2012.
Our organisational structure as at August 2012.
Part 2: Our performance
Our activities and achievements are outlined in this section of the annual report, and provide evidence of our performance against the Operational Plan and the Portfolio Budget Statements.
Measuring our performance
CSIRO plays an important role in Australia’s National Innovation System. Our combination of size, breadth and depth in capability, active research portfolio management and expertise in conducting large-scale, multidisciplinary, mission-directed research is unique.
In 2011–12, CSIRO delivered a surplus from ongoing operations of $13.8 million.
Strategy progress – Enterprise Strategy Measures
Multiple lines of evidence are used to monitor overall achievement against our strategy, including reporting against ten Enterprise Strategy Measures (ESMs).
Operational plan implementation
The 2011–12 Operational Plan identified 20 Key Executive Actions (KEAs) to progress the CSIRO Strategy.
Collaboration, connections and advice
CSIRO partners with 37 of the 39 public universities in Australia and with universities from more than 120 countries.
CSIRO’s outcome and program structure.
Program 1 – National Research Flagships
Since the launch of the first three National Research Flagships in 2003, CSIRO has committed an increasing proportion of its resources to addressing major national challenges and opportunities through the National Research Flagships Program.
Program 2 – Core Research and Services
CSIRO’s Core Research and Services Program covers a range of non-Flagship research portfolios and capabilities which target improvements in industry, the environment and community wellbeing through the provision of advice, information and solutions.
Program 3 – Science Outreach: Education and Scientific Publishing
Communicating scientific research helps raise the profile of science and CSIRO within the community.
Program 4 – National Research Infrastructure: National Facilities and Collections
CSIRO manages two types of national research infrastructure on behalf of the nation: National Research Facilities and National Biological Collections.
Program 5 – Science and Industry Endowment Fund
The Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) is a separately constituted trust under the Science and Industry Endowment Act 1926 and makes strategic investments in scientific research for the purpose of supporting scientific and industrial research for the benefit of Australia and its people.
Intellectual property and equity portfolio
CSIRO manages its intellectual property (IP) using the framework provided by the Statement of IP Principles for Australian Government Agencies.
Awards and honours
These awards and honours granted in 2011–12 demonstrate our effectiveness in research and its application in industry and the community.
Part 3: Our organisation
At CSIRO we exist to make a positive impact and want the legacy of our work to last for many generations. We're committed to nurturing a work environment where people, innovation, collaboration and performance thrive.
Management and accountability
CSIRO’s Operating Model is designed to support the successful execution of our strategy and delivery of our goals.
CSIRO is governed by a Board, which is responsible to the Australian Government for the overall strategy, governance and performance of the Organisation.
Executive team membership
The Chief Executive conducts the affairs of the Organisation in accordance with the strategy, plans and policies approved by the Board and the Board Directions to the Chief Executive.
Health and safety
CSIRO is committed to the health and safety of its staff and recognises the importance of positive interventions aimed at improving staff health and safety.
Health, Safety and Sustainability is one of our CSIRO Values and we strive to embed environmental sustainability into our everyday business practices.
CSIRO looks to its staff to support its values and to work in a collaborative and positive way to achieve the Organisation’s mission and purpose.
Part four of the CSIRO Annual Report 2011–12: Financial statements is uploaded here. The document included on this page may not be accessible to assistive technologies.
Part 5: Appendices
Part five of the CSIRO Annual Report 2011-12: Appendices.
Appendix 1: Service charter
CSIRO’s Service Charter describes the standards of service we aim to deliver to our customers and our commitment to ensuring that these standards are maintained.
Appendix 2: Administrative law
The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) provides the public with a general right of access to documents held by Australian Government agencies including CSIRO.
Appendix 3: Consultancy services
CSIRO engages consultants where it lacks specialist expertise or when independent research, review or assessment is required.
Appendix 4: SIEF Annual Report 2011-12
Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) Annual Report 2011-12.
Appendix 5: Research group structure
The Divisions, Portfolios and other areas of CSIRO for 2011-12.
Part 6: Indexes
Part 6 of the CSIRO Annual Report 2011–12: Indexes.
The definitions of the acronyms used in the CSIRO Annual Report 2011-12.
The CSIRO Annual Report 2011-12 glossary.
Summary pertaining to compliance with information requirements contained in the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.
The CSIRO Annual Report 2011-12 contacts.