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Letter of transmittal

CSIRO Head Office
Clunies Ross Street, Acton ACT 2601
GPO Box 1700, Canberra ACT 2601 Australia
T (02) 6276 6000 • ABN 41 687 119 230

1 September 2017

The Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO
Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science
Parliament House

Australia’s national science agency took strides forward on its Strategy 2020 through the year ending 30 June 2017. We have pleasure in submitting to you, for presentation to Parliament, the sixty-ninth Annual Report of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) that demonstrates the results and benefits delivered for industry, government and the community.

This report has been prepared in accordance with the Science and Industry Research Act 1949; section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act), and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 (PGPA Rule). It was endorsed for presentation at the meeting of the CSIRO Board on 1 September 2017.

In addition to reviewing the excellent science, strong collaboration and breakthrough innovation performed at CSIRO, this annual report includes an overview of the investments made through the Science and Industry Endowment Fund, established under the Science and Industry Endowment Act 1926. It includes an overview from the Chief Executive of CSIRO as Trustee of the Fund, and a report by the Auditor-General on the accounts of the Fund.

The Corporate Commonwealth Annual Reporting Rule requires we report any significant activities and changes that affected CSIRO’s organisation or structure. During the reporting period, CSIRO established its first office in the United States, demonstrating its commitment to take Australian innovation to the world and return benefits and value to Australia. The office will build on CSIRO’s existing partnerships and research in the US, creating a strategic hub to strengthen and grow new relationships and opportunities for the benefit of our science, our people, and our nation.

We commend this record of achievement to you.

Mr David Thodey AO
Chairman of the CSIRO Board

Dr Larry Marshall
Chief Executive of the CSIRO

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