CSIRO plays an important role in Australia’s National Innovation System. Our combination of size, breadth and depth in capability, active research portfolio management and expertise in conducting large-scale, multidisciplinary, mission-directed research is unique.

CSIRO is a leader in addressing major challenges that matter to Australia’s future, including the complex interactions of human activity with the natural and built environments. This unique position enables CSIRO, to act as:

  • a connector and collaborator across the innovation system to help Australia gain access to global knowledge
  • a manager of research capabilities and facilities that are critical for national preparedness to understand national challenges and opportunities and support national priorities
  • a trusted advisor to the nation.    

Over 90 per cent of our resources are directed to the Government’s National Research Priorities and our activities are strongly aligned with the National Innovation Priorities. To achieve this, the CSIRO Strategy 2011–15 is underpinned by five strategic objectives:

  1. National Flagships
  2. Science Excellence and Preparedness
  3. Deep Collaboration and Connection
  4. Innovation Organisation
  5. Trusted Advisor

The Organisation intends to plan progressively, implement change initiatives and embed these processes and practices as ‘business as usual’ to ensure we deliver on our five strategic objectives over the life of the strategy. The 2011–12 Operational Plan and Portfolio Budget Statements provide an overview of the priorities, planned programs, change initiatives and other key activities, along with the resources to implement these for the first year of the new strategy.

CSIRO’s activities and achievements are outlined in this section of the annual report and provide evidence of our performance against the Operational Plan and the Portfolio Budget Statements. In addition to this annual report to Parliament, CSIRO also monitors its performance throughout the year by providing:

  • regular reports to the CSIRO Executive Team and Board to assist them with their decision- making and governance responsibilities
  • detailed planning and review processes operating at a range of levels, including research portfolios and Divisions, functional areas and individuals.

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