Our 68th Annual Report presents details of the activities we have conducted and our overall performance throughout 2015-16.
Part 1: Overview
Australia’s innovation catalyst.
Foreword by the Chairman
It is with great honour and anticipation for the year ahead that I write this foreword. The last year, my first as Chair of CSIRO, has been an overwhelming welcome to the science of CSIRO with innovation at its very heart.
Chief Executive’s report
One hundred years ago our nation changed forever when Prime Minister Billy Hughes established the Advisory Council of Science and Industry.
Highlights of 2015–16
We’re Australia’s leading multidisciplinary research organisation, with talented people working out of 59 centres in Australia and internationally furthering our mission to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation.
Our locations and global achievements
We seek to solve problems that matter to Australia and the world, and generate positive impact for today and tomorrow. Here are some examples of our international impacts.
Our organisational structure
CSIRO business units and executive leaders as at 30 June 2016.
Part 2: Annual performance statements
As a trusted advisor on the big issues facing the nation, CSIRO and its people continue to play a key role in Australia’s productivity and competitiveness.
We, the CSIRO Board, as the accountable authority of CSIRO, present the 2015–16 annual performance statements as required under s39(1)(a) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act). These annual performance statements are based on properly maintained records, and accurately present CSIRO’s performance in accordance with s39(2) of the PGPA Act.
Performance Against our Strategy
Our performance against the planned activities within our Strategy.
Performance of Portfolio Budget Programs
CSIRO received approximately 59 per cent of its operating revenue in appropriation funding from the Commonwealth Budget.
Program 1.1: Research – National Flagships, Science and Services
CSIRO’s Research Program activities deliver economic, social and environmental impacts to the nation by providing advice, information and solutions.
Program 1.2: National Research Infrastructure – National Facilities and Collections
CSIRO hosts national research infrastructure on behalf of the broader scientific community to assist with the delivery of research. There are two types of national research infrastructure: National Research Facilities and National Biological Collections.
Program 1.3: Science and Industry Endowment Fund
The Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) is a separately constituted trust under the Science and Industry Endowment Act 1926.
Part 3: Our organisation
At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world.
Management and accountability
Read about CSIRO's management and accountability in the 2015-16 Annual Report
Policies, standards and procedures
Our CSIRO Policy Framework comprises policies, standards, procedures and guidelines.
This section lists the CSIRO Board during the 2015 - 2016 period.
Executive Team members
This section lists the CSIRO Executive Team during the 2015-16 period.
Health and safety
At CSIRO we aspire to ‘Zero Harm’ and are committed to the safety, health and wellbeing of our people, partners, customers and the environment.
CSIRO has adopted government policy to reduce its emissions by five per cent by the end of June 2020 (compared to 1999–2000 levels).
To become Australia’s innovation catalyst, we must create a culture and environment that encourages our people to work collaboratively and creatively to deliver a positive impact for Australia and the world.
Awards and honours
Outstanding performance in research is recognised by various international and national award schemes.
Part 5: Appendices
Part five of the CSIRO Annual Report 2015-16: Appendices.
Appendix 1: Service charter
CSIRO’s service charter describes the standards of service we aim to deliver to our customers and our commitment to ensuring that these standards are maintained.
Appendix 2: Administrative law
The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) provides the public with a general right of access to documents held by Australian Government agencies, including CSIRO.
Appendix 3: Consultancy services
CSIRO engages consultants where it lacks specialist expertise or when independent research, review or assessment is required.
Appendix 4: Science and Industry Endowment Fund Annual Report 2015–16
Find out more about the Science and Industry Endowment Fund Annual Report 2015–16.
Appendix 5: Full list of CSIRO locations
At 30 June 2016, CSIRO had 59 locations across Australia and overseas.
Part 6: Indexes
Part six of the CSIRO Annual Report 2015-16, containing acronyms, the glossary and CSIRO contacts.
The definitions of the acronyms used in the CSIRO Annual Report 2015-16.
A glossary of terms used in the CSIRO Annual Report 2015-16.
Compliance index: statutory reporting requirements
Details of compliance with information requirements contained in section 46 of the Public Governance and Accountability Act 2013.
The CSIRO Annual Report 2015-16 contacts.