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.
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.
Multiple lines of evidence are used to monitor overall achievement against our strategy, including reporting against ten Enterprise Strategy Measures (ESMs).
The 2011–12 Operational Plan identified 20 Key Executive Actions (KEAs) to progress the CSIRO Strategy.
CSIRO partners with 37 of the 39 public universities in Australia and with universities from more than 120 countries.
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.
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.
Communicating scientific research helps raise the profile of science and CSIRO within the community.
CSIRO manages two types of national research infrastructure on behalf of the nation: National Research Facilities and National Biological Collections.
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.
CSIRO manages its intellectual property (IP) using the framework provided by the Statement of IP Principles for Australian Government Agencies.