Working at CSIRO

Maintaining a work-life balance

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CSIRO knows how important it is for our employees to strike a balance between their work and personal lives.

We help our people with a range of flexible policies and practices to assist them juggle their commitments.

Flexible working hours

A supervisor can grant time off, where this is consistent with work demands, using formal or informal flexible attendance arrangements.  This lets an officer work efficiently with the knowledge that they can accommodate both work and private commitments on a daily basis.

For example, someone who has a daily commitment to drop-off or pick-up a child from school could take time off to meet this requirement or they could use this arrangement to take a day off.

Job sharing

Job sharing is a great way for our people to keep on the career track while allowing them more time outside of work.

A job-sharing arrangement usually involves dividing the workload of a full-time position between two people (usually each working a part-time schedule).

Nursing mothers

Facilities have been provided in all First Aid rooms within CSIRO to assist nursing mothers to express breast milk during working hours, or when required.


A part-time arrangement enables you to work less than 36 3/4 hours ordinary hours of duty per week. You may apply to work fewer hours per day or fewer days per week subject to organisational requirements and approval by your manager.

Usually your role is designed around a reduced workload so that your responsibilities match the number of hours worked.

Reduced working year

Where you and CSIRO agree, you may elect to work a reduced working year of between 40 and 48 weeks.

This adds flexibility in taking approved periods of Leave Without Pay (LWOP). You may access the scheme for study, travel or other personal reasons.

For example, people with school age dependants may wish to combine non-work periods with recreation leave so as to be home during all or most of the school holidays.

Study assistance

Assistance with studies may be granted to CSIRO employees to enable them to undertake the following:

  • secondary school certificates
  • certificates
  • associate diplomas
  • diplomas
  • degrees
  • graduate certificates and diplomas
  • higher degrees
  • short courses of instruction such as tertiary bridging courses and English as a second language courses.

Working away from base

Arrangements can be made for CSIRO employees to work from home or off-site on an intermittent basis or for one-off short periods.

These working patterns may help meet short term needs of the individual. Arrangements to work away from base must be agreed to by CSIRO and the individual employee.

CSIRO Child Care

CSIRO recognises that many staff have family responsibilities which impinge on their capacity to participate effectively in the work force. 

CSIRO has facilitated the provision of on-site child care at three major sites:

  • Black Mountain in the Australian Capital Territory
  • Clayton, Victoria
  • North Ryde, New South Wales. 

CSIROCARE Centres are child care facilities set up on CSIRO premises and they are provided principally for care of the children of CSIRO staff members.