We, the CSIRO Board, as the accountable authority of CSIRO, present the 2016–17 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.


CSIRO is an Australian Government statutory authority within the Industry, Innovation and Science Portfolio, operating under the provisions of the Science and Industry Research Act 1949 (SIR Act).

Our purpose is to collaboratively address national priorities and assist industry by conducting and encouraging the uptake of world-class scientific research, managing research facilities on behalf of the nation and mobilising and developing the next generations of scientists for the benefit of Australia.

Additionally, CSIRO is tasked to connect and collaborate:

  • with individuals, institutions and industry across the world around scientific research
  • to provide scientific solutions, information and advice with a strong focus on pathways to adoption
  • to provide opportunities and financial support for partnerships and mentoring.


The activities and achievements outlined in this part of our annual report are evidence of our performance against the measures stated in the Corporate Plan 2016–171 and the Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS) 2016–172. They reflect the priorities of the Board for the organisation and our performance. In addition to this report, we monitor our performance throughout the year through:

  • regular reports to the CSIRO Executive Team and Board to assist with their decision-making and governance responsibilities
  • detailed planning and review processes at a range of levels, including Business Units, functional areas and individuals.

Cover of the 2016-17 Corporate Plan shows a young boy on a swing; and included the text 'We imagine, we collaborate, we innovate, Corporate Plan 2016-17'.

At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day—We imagine, we collaborate, we innovate.

Customer first

Collaboration hub

Global outlook, national benefit

Deliver on commitments

Breakthrough innovation

Excellent science

Inclusion, trust and respect

Health, safety and environment

Cover of the Budget related paper No. 12 from Industry, Innovation and Science Portfolio.

Research – Science, Services and Innovation Fund

National Research Infrastructure – National Facilities and Collections

Science and Industry Endowment Fund

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