Mobilise and develop the best talent, for the benefit of Australia

As Australia’s innovation catalyst, we have a responsibility to ensure that Australia’s scientific and research capability grows. Through our education and outreach programs we help increase STEM knowledge and its application. We also help address research and development needs of our industries and businesses through tailored innovation programs.

We achieve this purpose through the following Function:

Function 2.1: Promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics capability development and education

Key activities

  • Deliver effective and efficient innovation-enabling programs that support the R&D needs of businesses.
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop and improve their STEM skills and access to science and engineering mentors.
  • Activities which foster a culture of continuous learning and sharing of knowledge, at all levels of the organisation.
  • Education and outreach activities to develop increased knowledge of science and its application to students, parents, teachers and the Australian community.


  • Australia’s science capacity is increased, which helps the nation to remain innovative and competitive in science.
  • Awareness is continually raised of the benefits of science and engineering to the community and industry.
  • Increased industry participation in CSIRO science and engineering projects.

Performance and targets* against the outcomes

Targets for 2020-21 and onwards will be confirmed or adjusted during 2018/19 FY

Performance Criteria 2018-19 2019-20 2020-21 2021-22

Utilisation of science outreach programs

Increase participation in programs by 10%

As per 2018-19

Maintain participation in programs

Maintain participation in programs

Innovation hubs established by the ON program to facilitate partnering activity

5 hubs established

As per 2018-19

As per 2018-19

As per 2018-19

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