Measuring our performance

A high level summary of how we monitor our performance.

CSIRO continues to play an important role in Australia's National Innovation System. Consistent with our responsibilities outlined in the Science and Industry Research Act 1949, we aim to deliver innovative solutions for industry, society and the environment, and to see our science be used to make a profound and positive impact for the future of Australia and humanity.

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. We are a leader in addressing major challenges that matter to Australia’s future, including the complex interactions of human activity with the natural and built environments.

This unique position enables us to act as:

  • a connector and key collaborator across the innovation system, to help Australia gain access to global knowledge
  • a manager of research capabilities and facilities that are critical for national preparedness to better understand national challenges and opportunities and support national priorities
  • a trusted advisor to the nation.

The activities and achievements outlined in this section of our annual report provide evidence of our performance against our 2013–14 Operational Plan and the 2013–14 Portfolio Budget Statements.

In addition to this report to Parliament, we also monitor our performance throughout the year by providing:

  • regular reports to the CSIRO Executive Team and Board to assist with their decision-making and governance responsibilities
  • detailed planning and review processes operating at a range of levels, including Flagships, functional areas and individuals.

Financial performance


In 2013–14, CSIRO delivered a deficit from ongoing operations of $25.7 million. Total revenue of $1,244.9 million included appropriation from government of $778.2 million and $466.7 million in revenue generated from other sources.

Table 2.1: CSIRO's financial performance by source of revenue, $m
Revenue source 2009 – 10 2010 – 11 2011 – 12 2012 – 13 2013 – 14
Co-investment, consulting and services
Australian private sector 61.0 65.0 74.2 70.1 78.5
Australian Governments 189.3 202.7 201.8 190.3 179.3
Rural Industry R&D corporations 33.5 37.7 35.0 38.4 50.2
Cooperative Research Centres 38.8 32.3 30.0 16.9 14.7
Overseas entities and international 71.6 74.5 77.5 84.3 84.7
Work in progress / deferred revenue -13.6 5.9 -7.6 25.1 - 13.0
Total co-investment, consulting and services 380.4 418.1 410.9 425.1 394.4
Intellectual property – royalty and licence revenues 46.7 29.2 278.5 37.5 29.1
Total research and services revenue 427.1 447.3 689.4 462.6 423.5
Other external revenue 28.2 47.9 61.3 44.1 43.2
Gains on sale of assets 3.9 4.9 0.4 0.0 -  
Other fair value gains and reversals - 0.1 - 5.5 -
Total external revenue 459.2 500.2 751.1 512.2 466.7
Revenue from Government 704.9 720.4 724.9 733.8 778.2
Total revenue 1164.1 1220.6 1476.0 1246.0 1244.9
Less expenses 1333.1 1231.1 1275.5 1267.5 1270.6
Operating result -169.0 -10.5 200.5 -21.5 - 25.7

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