We’re working hard to build a safe and welcoming culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. Valuing and enabling difference empowers our people, unlocking their potential to innovate and shape the future for our customers, all Australians and the world.

We do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today. We're the people that stay awake solving the world’s big questions. This is true of our science and of our people. Our mission is to create benefit for Australia through impactful science and innovation but we know that that's not possible without an inclusive and diverse culture.

We’re working hard to recruit diverse people and ensure all our people feel supported to do their best work and empowered to let their ideas flourish. Here are some of the ways we're building a safe and welcoming culture.

Gender equity

To be a truly diverse organisation we need to reflect the diversity that we see in society. We need the skills and knowledge to innovate for tomorrow and an understanding of today’s big questions and how they affect everyone. However, women still hold far fewer leadership positions than men particularly in STEM fields where only 18% of leadership positions are held by women. We're addressing gender equity in CSIRO through our work with the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot and the Male Champions of Change (MCC) initiative.

Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE)

We are a member of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot of the Athena SWAN program which has been successfully advancing workplace gender equity and inclusiveness in science and technology organisations in the United Kingdom for over a decade.

As part of the SAGE pilot we have reviewed the representation and lived experience of our people across a range of demographics including age, gender, culture, language, disability, LGBTIQ+ and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. If there demographics that are underrepresented we have worked to find out why and whether there are barriers that can be removed to create a truly inclusive environment. We are applying for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in March 2018. For further information, please email SAGEProjectTeam@csiro.au

White Ribbon Accreditation Program

Another initiative from the SAGE pilot we are working on is participating in White Ribbon Australia’s Workplace Accreditation Program . It is a world-first program that provides organisations with the tools to be able to respond to incidents of violence, whether it occurs inside or outside the workplace, and to prevent this violence from occurring in the first instance. Through accreditation, we’ll work to create a culture of zero tolerance towards violence against women. We support White Ribbon Australia’s vision for all women to life in safety free from violence and abuse.

Male Champions of Change

The Male Champions of Change (MCC) Institute works with influential leaders to redefine men’s role in tackling gender inequality. It activates peer groups of influential male leaders and supports them to step up beside women to accelerate change. They have committed to work together to listen, learn and lead through action. Rather than focusing on what women can do, they strive to shift the system by understanding and addressing systemic biases and barriers that limit women’s advancement. MCC recognises that gender equality benefits everyone and we all have a role to play.

Larry Marshall, our Chief Executive, is a member of the MCC STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) group which is looking at ways to increase the number of women in STEM.


Pride@CSIRO is a professional network and social community for LGBTI+ identifying employees and allies. The network promotes and drives the inclusion of LGBTI+ employees by; raising awareness, supporting peers and challenging discrimination. Pride@CSIRO actively contributes to building a safe and welcoming workplace culture where people can bring their whole selves to work. For further information, please email Pride@csiro.au

Indigenous engagement

We recognise that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have made and will continue to make extraordinary contributions to all aspects of Australian life including culture, economy and science.  We are committed to ensuring the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and engaging and partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

Our Indigenous Engagement Strategy aims to achieve greater Indigenous participation in our research and development agenda and activities. This participation will ensure that we benefit from the insights that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can bring to the national challenges. It also provides a means of ensuring that our activities are as effective as possible in contributing to the challenges and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The strategy addresses four areas: scientific opportunities, employment, education and outreach, and cultural learning and development.

CSIRO is currently a member of the Diversity Council of Australia , Pride in Diversity , the Male Champions of Change (MCC) initiative, and the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) pilot program. These programs, along with our internal networks and community groups, support us to foster change within the organisation.

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