CSIRO was constituted and operates under the Science and Industry Research Act 1949 and is responsible and accountable to the Commonwealth. CSIRO’s direction is set by the CSIRO Board and the CSIRO Executive Team.
The Board includes the Chief Executive, who is appointed by the Board. Non-Executive members are appointed by the Governor-General. The Board is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the organisation.
The Minister for Industry and Science provided this Statement of Expectations to CSIRO on 23 February 2015.
The Chief Executive must act in accordance with any policies determined by the Board and any directions given to the Chief Executive by the Board.
The Board Charter details the purpose, responsibility and accountability of the Board with a focus on direction, development, assurance and performance.
The Audit and Risk Committee assists CSIRO and its Board in areas of risk management, internal control and compliance.
The People, Health and Safety Committee assists the Board to fulfil its governance responsibilities in relation to organisational development, people related activities and health and safety.
The Science Excellence Committee supports the Board to fulfill its governance responsibilities as outlined in the Science and Industry Research Act 1949 (SIR Act)
The Committee assists the Board to fulfil its governance responsibilities through the provision high level advice on the ongoing delivery of radio astronomy capabilities for the nation.