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The governance of CSIRO

Good governance ensures that CSIRO can be trusted to do what it was established to do.

  • 22 February 2011 | Updated 25 July 2014

CSIRO is an Australian Government statutory authority constituted and operating under the provisions of the Science and Industry Research Act 1949. CSIRO's primary functions under the Act are to carry out scientific research to benefit Australian industry and the community, and to contribute to the achievement of national objectives.

CSIRO is also a corporate Commonwealth entity operating under Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

CSIRO is accountable to the Minister for Industry and is part of the Industry portfolio.

The CSIRO Board is responsible to the Australian Government for the overall governance, strategy and performance of the Organisation. Find out more about Our Board.

Enterprise governance provides direction, control and accountability to enable CSIRO to achieve its objectives.

CSIRO's Governance Framework covers:

  • the ways in which CSIRO is organised, directed and managed
  • how it engages with the outside world
  • how it monitors its performance; and
  • the ways it is held accountable for its decisions and actions.

CSIRO recognises that good governance cannot be measured in purely financial terms. As a public sector body, CSIRO's performance is measured against broader national, social and community objectives.

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CSIRO Board Members

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.

CSIRO Public Interest Disclosure Scheme

Whistleblowing under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013.

Statement of Expectations and Statement of Intent

From time to time, the Minister responsible for CSIRO may provide the CSIRO Board with a Statement of Expectations. No Statement applies at the moment.

Strategic Advisory Committees

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.

Governance Charters

Our Governance Charters comprise:

CSIRO’s service charter

Read an overview of our customer service standards, staff conduct and how we evaluate our performance.

CSIRO Board Charter

The Board is responsible to the Australian Government for the overall direction, development, assurance and performance of CSIRO.

CSIRO Board Audit and Risk Committee Charter

The Committee assists CSIRO and its Board in areas of financial management, risk management, internal control and compliance.

CSIRO Board People, Health and Safety Committee Charter

The Committee assists the Board to fulfil its governance responsibilities in relation to organisational development, people related activities and health and safety.

CSIRO Board Governance Document

The governance arrangements of the Board of CSIRO.

Freedom of Information

Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 gives a general right to the public and to staff to seek access to documents held by CSIRO.

Information Publication Scheme

CSIRO's Information Publication Scheme promotes public access to information held by CSIRO.

Freedom of Information Disclosure Log

Publicly available information released following a Freedom of Information (FOI) access request.


Our Policies comprise:

Key policy statements

CSIRO has five major policy statements that articulate the organisation's commitment in key areas.

Freedom to Conduct CSIRO Research and Technology Transfer Policy

CSIRO policy on not entering into arrangements which might constrain CSIRO’s ability to perform its functions.

Policy on Public Comment by CSIRO Staff

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 communication activities.

Senate order for production of indexed lists of agency files

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.

Health, Safety and Environment

Health, Safety & Environment

Our annual report includes our performance in Occupational Health, Safety and Environment. Read other HSE reports here.