CSIRO received approximately 59 per cent of its operating revenue in appropriation funding from the Commonwealth Budget.

Our commitment to the parliament and people of Australia, set out in the Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) 2015–16, is to contribute to the following outcome1: Innovative science and technology solutions to national challenges and opportunities to benefit industry, the environment and the community, through scientific research and capability development, services and advice.

This is achieved through three Programs:

  • Research – National Flagships, Science and Services
  • National Research Infrastructure – National Facilities and Collections
  • Science and Industry Endowment Fund.

The following sections provide a report against the deliverables and key performance indicators specified for each Program in the PBS. Table 2.2 outlines a summary of our consolidated financial performance by PBS Program.

Table 2.2: CSIRO (consolidated) financial summary by PBS Program 2015–16, $m
Actual PBS Budget Variance
Government revenue 750.3 749.7 0.6
External revenue 529.8 462.2 67.7
Total revenue 1,280.1 1,211.8 68.3
Program 1.1 (Research – National Flagships, Science and Services) 1,171.1 1,095.8 75.3
Program 1.2 (National Research Infrastructure –
National Facilities and Collections)
161.8 157.5 4.3
Program 1.3 (Science and Industry Endowment Fund) 15.3 23.8 –8.5
Total expenses 1,348.2 1,277.1 71.1
  1. The relevant section of the Portfolio Budget Statement can be viewed at: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science ministry . The outcome is the formal legal statement of the purpose for which funds are appropriated to CSIRO.

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