18 September 2012

Senator the Hon Christopher Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600

We have pleasure in submitting to you, for presentation to Parliament, the sixty-fourth Annual Report of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). This report 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).

Under section 9 of the CAC Act, CSIRO Board members are responsible for producing an Annual Report in accordance with the rules laid down in Schedule 1 of this Act, including a ‘Report of Operations’ prepared in accordance with the Finance Minister’s Orders.

This report presents fairly the information required by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation as set out in the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies (Report of Operations) Orders 2011.

The report has been approved for presentation to you, signed this 23rd day of August 2012 in accordance with a resolution of the Board members.

The report includes an appendix comprising a report from the Chief Executive of CSIRO, as trustee of the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (the Fund), established under the Science and Industry Endowment Act 1926, on the operations of the Fund together with a report by the Auditor-General on the accounts of the Fund.

The CAC Act requires CSIRO to report developments since the end of the financial year, giving particulars of any matter or circumstance that has arisen and has significantly affected or may significantly affect CSIRO’s operations or state of affairs. On 1 July 2012, two new National Research Flagships were formed, the Biosecurity Flagship and the Digital Productivity and Services Flagship.

We commend the Organisation’s achievements to you.

Simon McKeon AO
Chairman of the Board

Megan Clark
Chief Executive

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