We’re Australia’s leading multidisciplinary research organisation, with talented people working out of 59 centres in Australia and internationally furthering our mission to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation.

Science Impact and Excellence

  • A 3D-printed sternum was successfully implanted into a cancer patient.
    (Program 1.1—Manufacturing)
  • The Atlantic salmon breeding program was assessed to have a net present value of approximately $169 million, with $79 million attributable to CSIRO.
    (Performance Against our Strategy)
  • Our Lab-at-Rig® technology is being commercialised, saving the minerals industry millions of dollars in exploration costs.
    (Program 1.1—Mineral Resources)
  • We delivered to the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government the digitised biodiversity data of PNG, including hundreds of thousands of plant and animal specimens, to help them make informed management decisions for sustainable land use and development.
    (Program 1.2—Biodiversity data of PNG)
  • Our data analytics for the Victorian Government’s Powerline Bushfire Safety Program reduced the relative risk of bushfires started by powerlines by almost 16 per cent in 2015.
    (Program 1.1—Digital Productivity)
  • We discovered lenses of interstellar gas in our galaxy, and observations are bringing us closer to determining their exact geometry and answering the fundamental questions about how galaxies form and evolve.
    (Program 1.2—Shape of Galaxy's invisible 'atmosphere' uncovered)
  • Our research publications are cited 68 per cent more often than the global average.
    (Program 1.1—Publications)
  • We built the optics that enabled the detection of gravity waves.
  • The Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) has been designated an International Reference Laboratory for the World Organisation for Animal Health.
    (Program 1.2—AAHL)
  • We developed a new multipurpose fabric with researchers from Queensland University of Technology and RMIT University, which is effective at mopping up crude oil from the surface of both fresh and salt water.
    (Performance Against our Strategy—University Collaboration)

Sustainability

  • We discovered that we could reduce carbon emissions by approximately nine kilotonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) per year by conducting a feasibility study for on-site renewable generation, showing we could install at least five megawatts of photovoltaic (PV) cells across CSIRO sites. PV capacity is already installed across sites in New South Wales and Western Australia, with large-scale, on-site generation planned under the CSIRO Carbon Emission Reduction Strategy.
    (Environmental performance—Renewable generation)
  • Our energy consumption (electricity and gas) decreased by two per cent compared with 2014–15 and has reduced by eight per cent over the last five years.
    (Environmental performance)

People and culture

  • Our Recordable Injury Frequency Rate dropped by 30 per cent this year.
    (Health and safety)
  • We provided 7,621 development days through our learning and development curriculum, a 45 per cent increase on last year.
    (Our people)
  • 99 of our staff (1.8 per cent) identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples, up from 22 people (0.3 per cent) five years ago.
    (Our people—Diversity and Inclusion)

Engagement and connections

  • We signed a collaborative research agreement with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which allows CSIRO and CAS to manage and conduct future projects in a broad range of science areas.
    (Performance Against our Strategy—International collaboration)
  • We had 1,972 Scientists and Mathematicians in School (SMiS) partnerships in 1,300 schools. Thirty-two per cent of those partnerships were in rural and regional schools, and 52 partnerships in schools with more than 25 per cent Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students.
    (Program 1.1-Science outreach programs)
  • We worked with more than 1,800 private industry customers, including 500 major Australian companies, more than 1,200 Australian small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), and a large number of overseas corporations. We facilitated research services for more than 140 SMEs, and facilitated 74 Innovation Connections research project grants.
    (Program 1.1—Connecting to SMEs)
  • Our first ever children’s book, Phasmid: Saving the Lord Howe Island Stick Insect, was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award.
    (Program 1.1—CSIRO Publishing)

Financial performance

In 2015–16, CSIRO delivered a deficit from ongoing operations of $56.6 million. Our total revenue of $1,214 million included appropriation from government of $750.3 million and $463.7 million in revenue generated from other sources.

Table 1.1: CSIRO’S FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE BY SOURCE OF REVENUE, $M
Revenue source 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16

Co-investment, consulting and services 

Australian private sector

74.2

70.1

78.5

69.4

80.1

Australian governments

201.8

190.3

179.3

181.1

147.8

Rural industry research and development (R&D) corporations

35.0

38.4

50.2

38.1

31.7

Cooperative Research Centres

30.0

16.9

14.7

9.5

10.0

Overseas entities and international

77.5

84.3

84.7

81.4

99.3

Work in progress/deferred revenue

–7.6

25.1

–13.0

–6.1

–4.0

Total co-investment, consulting and services

410.9

425.1

394.4

373.4

364.9

Intellectual property (IP) – royalty and licence revenues

278.5

37.5

29.1

60.8

59.7

Total research and services revenue

689.4

462.6

423.5

434.2

424.6

Other external revenue

61.3

44.1

43.2

44.6

37.9

Gain/(loss) on sale of assets

0.4

0.0

-

0.0

1.2

Other fair value gains and reversals

-

5.5

-

6.7

Total external revenue

751.1

512.2

466.7

485.5

463.7

Revenue from government

724.9

733.8

778.2

745.3

750.3

Total revenue

1,476.0

1,246.0

1,244.9

1,230.8

1,214.0

Less expenses

1,275.5

1,267.5

1,270.6

1,245.3

1,270.6

Operating result

200.5

–21.5

–25.7

–14.5

–56.6

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