A summary of our success delivering national innovation, science impact and a safe and supportive environment for our people.

Collaborating on national innovation

  • $3.2 billion per year, the estimated present value of benefits across 28 impact case studies
  • $484 m external revenue generated
  • >1,000 SMEs worked with CSIRO
  • Supplier of the Year - Technology Award presented to CSIRO by Boeing
  • 9/10 ‘Willingness to Recommend’ score from participants in our entrepreneurial ON program
  • >$5 m worth of projects of the STEM+ Business Program to place early-career researchers into long-term SME collaborations
  • 84 per cent of our publications were in collaboration with authors from other institutions
  • 175 university participants supported by CSIRO ON Accelerator and ON Prime pre-accelerator programs
  • >1,000 connections in the innovation community, through Data61 Ribit match-making platform
  • $25 m injected into research and development through the SME Connect team facilitating over 155 research projects

Our science impact

In partnership with CSIRO, the Cancer Therapeutics CRC (CTx) developed a new cancer drug that is being taken to clinical trials. Program 1.1: Manufacturing

The first dedicated survey of marine life and the geophysical features of the abyss from Tasmania to Queensland was undertaken on the RV Investigator, collecting almost 5,000 specimens. Over one third of the invertebrates collected are thought to be new species. Program 1.2: Delivering a world-first biodiversity survey of the abyss

Our Electricity Network Transformation Roadmap and associated work informed the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council’s work on the future of the electricity system, as well as the Chief Scientist’s Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market. Program 1.1: Energy

Construction of the Australian SKA Pathfinder telescope was finished. It commenced observations in October 2016 for a giant census of galaxies, called WALLABY, which is set to detect more than half a million galaxies. Program 1.2: Tech leaps prime telescopes for discovery

We signed a long-term research development alliance with Ridley Corporation to further Novacq™ technology research, which reduces Australian prawn farming reliance on fish meal for feeds and supports the preservation of global fish stocks. Program 1.1: Agriculture and Food

The uptake of standardised digital health infrastructure across major hospitals and state health systems has enabled better outcomes for patients and a safer healthcare system. Program 1.1: Health and Biosecurity

Our PhotonAssay technology that detects atoms of gold in real time will drastically improve mining efficiency and effectiveness. Program 1.1: Mineral Resources

Our eReefs modelling framework simulates and predicts the physical state of the Great Barrier Reef and is being used to protect the health of the Reef by informing public policy and decision making. Program 1.1: Oceans and Atmosphere

CSIRO has developed a web-based reporting tool in collaboration with the Indonesian Government that identifies and ranks vessels at sea associated with illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. Our global science impact

Fostering a safe, respectful environment for our people

  • CSIRO launched its Reconciliation Action Plan to reflect our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge in science. Our people
  • The Recordable Injury Frequency Rate dropped by 19 per cent this year, with an overall reduction of 44 per cent compared to our baseline in 2015. Increase staff safety
  • We developed an LGBTI network and strategy to provide support for staff who identify in these groups. Our people: Diversity and Inclusion
  • We conducted roadshows and focus groups to engage our leaders in the SAGE program, and established the SAGE Self-Assessment Team, to rollout initiatives to complete CSIRO’s submission for the Athena Swan Bronze Award. Our people: Diversity and Inclusion

Contributing to a sustainable future

  • CSIRO’s carbon emissions decreased by five per cent compared with 2015–16 and has reduced by 14 per cent over the last five years. Environmental performance - Carbon Emissions
  • More than 130,000 primary and secondary school students took part in our hands-on science education programs and over 30,000 people took part in community programs. Program 1.1: Services
  • We developed a draft sustainability framework to set new benchmarks in sustainable urban development for the Ginninderra Field Station, and we are working closely with our stakeholders to restore vegetation and identify and protect Indigenous heritage features. Environmental performance - Heritage Management

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