Australia’s CSIRO

Highlights of our greatest achievements and key results through 2016-17. Results that have delivered national innovation, science impact and a safe and supportive environment for our people.

We are at the forefront of world-class science. We believe in the power of science to transform our lives and secure our future, and we realise that ambition every day.

Watch our highlights package from our 2016-17 Annual Report

.00 Highlights from our Annual Report 2016-17

.03 Science transforms our lives and secures our future.

.09 An ambition we are realising every day.

.14 We worked with 1700+ industry customers including

.16 400 major Australian companies

.19 49 US Fortune 500

.23 1000 SMEs

.25 Increasingly satisfied customers

.26 Awarded Boeing’s Supplier of the Year Technology Award

0.32 Equity portfolio grown by 20 million

0.37 Increase in active licences

0.41 $3.2 billion Estimated value we contribute annually to the nation across 28 case studies

0.47 ON program Graduated135 teams and counting

0.51 130,000 school students participated in science education programs

0.57 Research cited 51% more than global average

1.09 Collaborated on 84% of our publications many international

1.09 New initiatives to support our people. Balance, our flexible work arrangements

1.12 Reconciliation Action Plan working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to achieve positive outcomes

1.16 SAGE our commitment to improve gender equity in STEMM

1.21 Taking our science to the world

1.25 Novacq prawn feed additive licensed world-wide

1.29 Survey of the ocean depths off Australia’s eastern coastline

1.32 5000 specimens collected

1.35 1/3 of the invertebrates considered new species

1.38 Confirmed the first national outbreak of white spot disease in prawns

1.42 We partnered with industry to bring our PhotonAssay gold analysis technology to market

1.47 We partnered with Clinical Genomics to launch a new blood test for bowel cancer recurrence in the US

1.51 Cancer Therapeutics CRC partnered with us to bring a new targeted cancer treatment to clinical trials

2.0 Ideas for the future

2.02 6 future science platforms

2.03 3 industry roadmaps and counting

2.07 We opened: US office Silicon Valley,

2.10 Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder Murchison, WA

2.13 Centre for Southern Hemisphere Ocean Research Hobart

2.18 I’m so proud to reflect on the past year and see our significant strides forward to solve our nation’s biggest challenges as we deliver on Strategy 2020. Thank you to each and every one of you who have brought our strategy to life. Larry Marshall, Chief Executive

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Collaborating on national innovation

$3.2 billion per year

The estimated present value of benefits across 28 impact case studies


Connections in the innovation community, through Data61 Ribit match-making platform


Of our publications were in collaboration with authors from other institutions

>$5 m

Worth of projects of the STEM+ Business Program to place early-career researchers into long-term SME collaborations


‘Willingness to Recommend’ score from participants in our entrepreneurial ON program

Supplier of the Year

Technology Award presented to CSIRO by Boeing


University participants supported by CSIRO ON Accelerator and ON Prime pre-accelerator programs

$25 m

Injected into research and development through the SME Connect team facilitating over 155 research projects


SMEs worked with CSIRO

$484 m

External revenue generated

Our latest insights and reports

Fostering a safe, respectful environment for our people

  • CSIRO launched its Reconciliation Action Plan to reflect our commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge in science. Our people
  • The Recordable Injury Frequency Rate dropped by 19 per cent this year, with an overall reduction of 44 per cent compared to our baseline in 2015. Increase staff safety
  • We developed an LGBTI network and strategy to provide support for staff who identify in these groups. Diversity and Inclusion
  • We conducted roadshows and focus groups to engage our leaders in the SAGE program, and established the SAGE Self-Assessment Team, to rollout initiatives to complete CSIRO’s submission for the Athena Swan Bronze Award. Diversity and Inclusion

Contributing to a sustainable future

  • CSIRO’s carbon emissions decreased by five per cent compared with 2015–16 and has reduced by 14 per cent over the last five years. Environmental performance - Carbon Emissions
  • More than 130,000 primary and secondary school students took part in our hands‑on science education programs and over 30,000 people took part in community programs. CSIRO Services
  • We developed a draft sustainability framework to set new benchmarks in sustainable urban development for the Ginninderra Field Station, and we are working closely with our stakeholders to restore vegetation and identify and protect Indigenous heritage features. Environmental performance - Heritage Management

2016-17 CSIRO Annual Report

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