CSIRO Futures is the strategic advisory arm of CSIRO.

We draw on our vast network of 5,000 science and technology experts, and 3,000 industry partners, to help Australian businesses and government organisations prepare for the future by answering the following questions:

  • What emerging trends and technologies will re-shape your sector in the coming decades?
  • What opportunities are going to emerge from these rapid changes?
  • What science and technology should you prioritise and invest in to maintain or create a competitive advantage?

Our latest insights and reports

Unlocking your business' future growth opportunities

We have a track record for helping senior decision makers tackle tough innovation challenges, from identification through to implementation.

Our range of customisable services include scenario planning, technology deep-dives, ideation workshops and strategic analysis reports.

We work with businesses and government at all stages along the innovation lifecycle, to achieve a sustained competitive edge and continued growth.

Our expertise in action

Explore: Delivering tailored insights into future operating environments

Chemistry Australia - the industry association for Australia's plastics and chemicals sector - asked us to help them through the 'Explore' phase of their innovation lifecycle. We worked with them to identify the long-term trends affecting their industry, and pin-point strategic growth opportunities that will lead to a competitive edge.

We drew on knowledge from the broad spectrum of CSIRO's areas of expertise, including agriculture, food, mining, construction, materials recycling, healthcare and wellbeing to deliver robust insights for the future of their industry.

Read the case study and our report

Prioritise: Identifying technology investments for competitive advantage

We partnered with the Department of Environment & Energy to develop a comprehensive analysis of the technology options available to help Australia meet its emissions abatement targets and create new opportunities for Australian industry.

In doing so, we worked with CSIRO's energy, manufacturing and economic modelling research groups to develop a technology investment strategy that prioritised the key technologies available to reduce emissions and build on Australia's competitive advantage.

Read our Low Emissions Technology Roadmap

Plan: Scenario planning to inform technology strategy

We developed a range of disruptive scenarios for a leading Australian oil and gas company, and identified opportunity 'signposts' to indicate the likelihood of a given scenario to inform their technology planning process.

Accessing CSIRO's expertise in energy research and modelling capabilities through the scenario planning process enabled the partner to identify multiple new business opportunities resulting in competitive advantages for their business today and into the future.

Read the case study

Thought leadership

Drawing on the deep expertise of CSIRO's science and technology professionals and extensive industry network, we've developed a series of free evidence-based reports for industries and businesses. They outline long-term trends, their potential impact, opportunities and strategic future-proofing recommendations.


Australia 2030: Navigating our uncertain future

Our Australia 2030 report details a scenarios-based outlook for Australia’s future, and is used to help business and government plan today’s innovation investments to meet future opportunities and challenges.

Download your copy.

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Narrator: Our world is changing rapidly.  We’re more connected than ever before.

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Industries are being transformed by new business models and disruptive technologies. 

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Rising incomes around the world are creating new markets and new competition and constraints on our natural resources means businesses have to think more sustainably. 

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But what does this all really mean for Australia?

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What opportunities and risks will these mega trends create? 

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How can Australian businesses use technology and innovation to unlock these opportunities and most importantly what can we do now to prepare ourselves for an uncertain future? 

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That’s where we can help. 

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CSIRO Futures works with some of Australia’s largest businesses and Government, to help answer these important questions. 

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Through a range of strategic planning tools we help our customers create sustainable growth and plan for this uncertain future. 

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We draw on CSIRO’s world class research expertise to translate science into strategy.

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It’s all part of our role as Australia’s innovation catalyst. 

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The future is full of opportunities and the decisions we make today can put us on the right path to realising them. 

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