Our 65th Annual Report presents details of the activities we have conducted and our overall performance throughout 2012–13.
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 54 sites throughout Australia and one overseas.
Letter of transmittal
2 October 2013
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) was established in 1926 with its primary research devoted towards agriculture.
Highlights of 2012-13
Here are just a few examples of the impact CSIRO 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 2012-13
CSIRO has had a robust twelve months and despite difficult economic pressures nationally and globally has delivered on its strategy and commitments.
CSIRO Organisational chart
CSIRO's organisational chart as at July 2013.
CSIRO locations as at June 2013.
Social media presence 2012-13
The last financial year saw significant growth in network sizes and content generation across our social media platforms.
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
A high level summary of how we monitor our performance.
A high level summary of our financial performance compared with previous years.
Overview of the priorities, programs, change initiatives and key activities within our four-year Strategy, including our performance assessment against annual key executive actions.
Enterprise strategy measures
CSIRO adopts a number of mechanisms to monitor overall progress against its strategy, including reporting against ten Enterprise Strategy Measures (ESMs).
CSIRO continues to build and maintain strong relationships with its customers, partners and other stakeholders that are critical to CSIRO's success.
Summary of our performance of portfolio budget programs.
Program 1: National Research Flagships
Overview of our National Research Flagship performance including their challenges, responses and impacts.
Program 2: Core Research and Services
Overview the highlights, objectives and performance of our Core Research and Services.
Program 3: Science Outreach: Education and Scientific Publishing
The highlights, deliverables and performance of our Science Outreach initiatives
Program 4: National Research Infrastructure: National Facilities and Collections
The highlights, deliverables and performance of our National Research Facilities and National Biological Collections.
Program 5: Science and Industry Endowment Fund
The highlights, deliverables and performance of The Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF).
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.
CSIRO Executive Management
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 wellbeing.
CSIRO upholds the principles of ecologically sustainable development (ESD) outlined in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) through both its operations and research activities.
Our people and culture are fundamental to our current and future success in delivering positive impact for Australia and humanity.
Awards and honours
Outstanding performance in research is recognised by various international and national award schemes.
Part 5: Appendices
Part five of the CSIRO Annual Report 2012–13: Appendices.
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.
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.
CSIRO engages consultants where it lacks specialist expertise or when independent research, review or assessment is required.
SIEF Annual Report 2012–13
Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) Annual Report 2012–13
Part 6: Indexes
Part 6 of the CSIRO Annual Report 2012–13: Indexes.
The definitions of the acronyms used in the CSIRO Annual Report 2012-13.
The CSIRO Annual Report 2012-13 glossary.
Summary pertaining to compliance with information requirements contained in the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997.
The CSIRO Annual Report 2012-13 contacts.