Australia’s CSIRO

Highlights of our greatest achievements and key results through 2016-17. Results that have delivered national innovation, science impact and a safe and supportive environment for our people.

We are at the forefront of world-class science. We believe in the power of science to transform our lives and secure our future, and we realise that ambition every day.

Collaborating on national innovation

$3.2 billion per year

The estimated present value of benefits across 28 impact case studies


Connections in the innovation community, through Data61 Ribit match-making platform


Of our publications were in collaboration with authors from other institutions

>$5 m

Worth of projects of the STEM+ Business Program to place early-career researchers into long-term SME collaborations


‘Willingness to Recommend’ score from participants in our entrepreneurial ON program

Supplier of the Year

Technology Award presented to CSIRO by Boeing


University participants supported by CSIRO ON Accelerator and ON Prime pre-accelerator programs

$25 m

Injected into research and development through the SME Connect team facilitating over 155 research projects


SMEs worked with CSIRO

$484 m

External revenue generated

Our latest insights and reports

Fostering a safe, respectful environment for our people

  • CSIRO launched its Reconciliation Action Plan to reflect our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge in science. Our people
  • The Recordable Injury Frequency Rate dropped by 19 per cent this year, with an overall reduction of 44 per cent compared to our baseline in 2015. Increase staff safety
  • We developed an LGBTI network and strategy to provide support for staff who identify in these groups. Diversity and Inclusion
  • We conducted roadshows and focus groups to engage our leaders in the SAGE program, and established the SAGE Self-Assessment Team, to rollout initiatives to complete CSIRO’s submission for the Athena Swan Bronze Award. Diversity and Inclusion

Contributing to a sustainable future

  • CSIRO’s carbon emissions decreased by five per cent compared with 2015–16 and has reduced by 14 per cent over the last five years. Environmental performance - Carbon Emissions
  • More than 130,000 primary and secondary school students took part in our hands‑on science education programs and over 30,000 people took part in community programs. CSIRO Services
  • We developed a draft sustainability framework to set new benchmarks in sustainable urban development for the Ginninderra Field Station, and we are working closely with our stakeholders to restore vegetation and identify and protect Indigenous heritage features. Environmental performance - Heritage Management

2016-17 CSIRO Annual Report

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