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CSIRO provides scientific solutions to a range of fields.

What is CSIRO?

CSIRO is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest in the world.

  • 2 March 2009 | Updated 1 July 2014

CSIRO research delivers solutions for agribusiness, energy and transport, environment and natural resources, health, information technology, telecommunications, manufacturing and mineral resources.

Our work delivers improvements to every aspect of life from oceans to energy, metals to medicine, and sustainability to food. CSIRO also works at the forefront of emerging sectors such as gene technology and nanotechnology.

CSIRO’s success is based upon 80 years of excellence in research.

Working from sites across the nation and around the globe, our staff are focused on providing new ways to improve quality of life and the economic and social performance of our industries.

We are committed to Australia’s National Research Priorities and address these via our National Research Flagships. These are:

Agriculture Flagship

Our Agriculture Flagship is helping Australian farmers and industry improve productivity and sustainability across the agriculture sector.

Biosecurity Flagship

CSIRO's Biosecurity Flagship helps to protect Australia from biosecurity threats and risks posed by serious exotic and endemic pests and diseases.

Digital Productivity Flagship

Our Digital Productivity Flagship uses data and digital technologies to help tackle some of Australia’s and the world’s most pressing productivity challenges.

Energy Flagship

We're delivering technology options and science that will enhance Australia’s economic competitiveness and regional energy security while enabling the transition to a lower emissions energy future.

Food and Nutrition Flagship

Our Food and Nutrition Flagship conducts research to support the health and wellbeing of Australians and the sustainability and viability of the Australian food industry.

Land and Water Flagship

A globally recognised provider of innovative research solutions to the most significant land, water and ecosystem management challenges.

Manufacturing Flagship

Manufacturing a cleaner future through advanced materials and manufacturing technologies.

Mineral Resources Flagship

Our Mineral Resources Flagship works with industry to grow Australia's resource base, increase productivity and drive environmental performance.

Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship

The Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship provides the knowledge to manage Australia's marine estate and atmospheric environment.

CSIRO’s success is based upon 80 years of excellence in research and the strength of our partnerships with industry, governments and the community. Read more about Our History.

To ensure that CSIRO continues to deliver excellent scientific solutions, we attract and retain world-class scientists and support staff. We provide an environment that allows them to be the best they can be.

Read more about Our Staff.