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CSIRO, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.
Large-scale, long-term, multidisciplinary science to address Australia's major national challenges and opportunities.
CSIRO expertise is organised into 11 research areas
CSIRO manages national facilities and collections that are opened to researchers around Australia and overseas.
CSIRO is an Australian Government statutory authority and operates under the Science and Industry Research Act (1949).
The CSIRO Board is responsible to the Australian Government for the overall strategy, governance and performance of our organisation. Read about our Chairman and members of the Board here.
The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator the Honourable Kim Carr, provided CSIRO with his revised Statement of Expectations on 31 August 2011. The Statement reconfirms and refines the Australian Government's expectations of CSIRO.
The Strategic Advisory Committees provide independent, external strategic advice to CSIRO on the national challenges and opportunities of a broad sector of the Australian economy, society or environment in which CSIRO is involved and provide guidance on how CSIRO might address these needs.
The Flagship Advisory Committees provide independent, external advice to CSIRO through the Flagship Director on how to maximise the effectiveness of the Flagship portfolio to achieve its goals. They also assist CSIRO on broader strategic issues relevant to the sectors in which the Flagship operates.
The Public Research Agency Charter with the CSIRO is to provide guidance to CSIRO when engaging in public debate. (3 pages)
Read an overview of our customer service standards, staff conduct and how we evaluate our performance.
The Board is responsible to the Australian Government for the overall direction, development, assurance and performance of CSIRO.
The Committee assists CSIRO and its Board in areas of financial management, risk management, internal control and compliance.
The Committee assists the Board to fulfil its governance responsibilities in relation to organisational development, people related activities and health and safety.
The governance arrangements of the Board of CSIRO.
The Freedom of Information Act 1982 gives a general right to the public and to staff to seek access to documents held by CSIRO.
CSIRO's Information Publication Scheme promotes public access to information held by CSIRO.
Publicly available information released following a Freedom of Information (FOI) access request.
Publicly available information released following a Freedom of Information (FOI) access request for the period 2011-12.
CSIRO has five major policy statements that articulate the organisation's commitment in key areas.
CSIRO's fundamental purpose is to achieve positive impact from science on behalf of Australia. This policy aims to assist CSIRO staff in their external communicaton activities.
In line with Senate requirements, CSIRO tables indexed lists of files created in the Organisation’s central office twice a year. These lists are available to download.
CSIRO reports annually on our performance in Occupational Health, Safety and Environment. Read our reports here.