CSIRO's purpose as Australia's national science agency is to solve Australia's greatest challenges through innovative science and technology – it's what we've been doing for the past 100 years.

As one of the world's largest mission-driven multidisciplinary science and research organisations, we are focusing on the issues that matter the most: for our quality of life, for the economy and for our environment.

When we all focus on the big things that really matter, Australian science and technology can solve seemingly impossible problems, and create new value for all Australians.

There are six challenges we are assisting the nation to overcome, and turn to Australia's unique advantage:

  • Resilient and Valuable Environments: Enhancing the resilience, sustainable use and value of our environments, including by mitigating and adapting the impacts of climate and global change.
  • Food security and quality: Achieve sustainable regional food security and grow Australia's share of premium AgriFood markets.
  • Health and Wellbeing: Help enhance health for all through preventative, personalised, biomedical and digital health services.
  • Future Industries: Help create Australia's future industries and jobs by collaborating to boost innovation performance and STEM skills.
  • Sustainable Energy and Resources: Build regional energy and resource security and our competitiveness while lowering emissions.
  • A secure Australia and region: Help safeguard Australia from risks (war, terrorism, regional instability, pandemics, biosecurity, disasters and cyber attacks).

The challenges were identified through analysis of our own trend modelling and forecasting, including the Australian National Outlook report, engagement with our partners in industry, government and academia, and a review of Australian and international priorities (including the Australian Science and Research Priorities and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals).

We won't solve these alone, we collaborate with every university, every area of government and across Australian industry to unlock a better future for everyone.

To help solve each challenge we are developing missions [pdf · 2mb] – large scale major scientific and collaborative research programs aimed at making significant breakthroughs. 

We are also embracing the opportunities of digital disruption. We are doing this by integrating our deep domain expertise in traditional industries such as agriculture, manufacturing and health, with cutting-edge digital technology. We will harness big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to see new patterns and invent new solutions – accelerating the pace and scale at which we can solve each challenge.

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