We, the CSIRO Board, as the accountable authority of CSIRO, present the 2017–18 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.


Mia writes the firmware to control the correlator and beamformer subsystems for the Square Kilometre Array LOW telescope.  ©Copyright Wheeler Studios

CSIRO is a Corporate Commonwealth Entity within the Industry and Science Portfolio, operating under the provisions of the Science and Industry Research Act 1949 (SIR Act). Our purpose is defined through the functions we undertake as set down in the Act and as per our Corporate Plan 2017–18:

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 generation of scientists for the benefit of Australia.


CSIRO plays an important role in Australia's national innovation system. Consistent with our responsibilities outlined in the SIR Act, we aim to deliver innovative solutions for industry, society and the environment, and to see our science used to make a positive impact for the future of Australia and humanity.

This section of our annual report provides evidence of our performance against the performance expectations set out in our Corporate Plan 2017–181 and the Portfolio Budget Statements 2017–18.2

The following sections provide a detailed analysis of the results for each performance measure plus additional information to illustrate our achievements this year, organised per core activity.

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