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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.
CSIRO’s purpose is defined through the functions we undertake for the benefit of Australia, which are set down in the Science and Industry Research Act 1949. These primarily include:
We deliver innovative solutions for industry, society and the environment through great science.
Our science is used to make a profound and positive impact for the future of Australia and humanity.
Senator the Hon Christopher Evans Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research.
Our values guide our decisions and interactions with our colleagues and with our external partners and stakeholders. Our values are symbolised through the CSIRO Values Compass:
CSIRO's Values Compass guides our decisions.
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was established in 1926 with its primary research devoted towards agriculture. In the late 1930s this was extended to include industrial research.
In 1949, the CSIR was reconstituted as CSIRO, and gradually expanded its activities so that its research was related to almost every field of primary, secondary and tertiary industry in Australia.
Today, CSIRO is a trusted source of creative ideas and practical technologies to deliver impact for the nation.
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Last updated: Last updated: 23 June 2015
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