2 October 2013
The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP
Minister for Industry
CANBERRA ACT 2600
We have pleasure in submitting to you, for presentation to Parliament, the sixty-fifth Annual Report of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). This report has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Science and Industry Research Act 1949 and in accordance with section 9 of the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 (CAC Act).
Under section 9 of the CAC Act, CSIRO Board members are responsible for producing an Annual Report in accordance with the rules laid down in Schedule 1 of this Act, including a ‘Report of Operations’ prepared in accordance with the Finance Minister’s Orders.
This report presents fairly the information required by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation as set out in the Commonwealth Authorities (Annual Reporting) Orders 2011.
The report has been approved for presentation to you, signed this 22nd day of August 2013 in accordance with a resolution of the Board members.
The report includes an appendix comprising a report from the Chief Executive of CSIRO, as Trustee of the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (the Fund), established under the Science and Industry Endowment Act 1926, on the operations of the Fund together with a report by the Auditor-General on the accounts of the Fund.
The CAC Act requires CSIRO to report developments since the end of the financial year, giving particulars of any matter or circumstance that has arisen and has significantly affected or may significantly affect CSIRO’s operations or state of affairs. In February 2013, CSIRO commissioned former Commonwealth Ombudsman Professor Dennis Pearce, and the legal firm HWL Ebsworth, to conduct an independent review of allegations by current or former staff or their agents regarding their treatment while with the CSIRO. Professor Pearce provided his report to CSIRO on 31 July 2013, and CSIRO has accepted all its recommendations.
On 1 July 2013, CSIRO merged its Energy Transformed Flagship and Advanced Coal Technology and Petroleum and Geothermal Research portfolios to create the new Energy Flagship. Also on this day a new Division of Computational Informatics was formed with the merger of our Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics, and Information and Communication Technology Divisions.
We commend the Organisation’s achievements to you.