This year, your national science agency has lived its purpose like no other year in recent memory. Our annual report captures why there has never been a more important time for a mission-directed organisation like ours to bring science to the fore to guide us to a better future.
We are precisely in the place our founder envisioned us to be – using science and technology to light the way through crises and delivering solutions to the greatest challenges.
We've responded to COVID-19 in multiple ways, from vaccine preclinical testing and medical supply production to data modelling and environmental science. We've brought more than 70 years of expertise in bushfire research to help with bushfire modelling, prediction and preparation, and monitoring and recovery. And throughout the disruption, around 80 per cent of our people seamlessly transitioned to working form home while maintaining the collaborative spirit that is essential to CSIRO's success.
This annual report provides a summary of our activities and performance for the financial year ended 30 June 2020 against the planned objectives and outcomes in our Corporate Plan and Portfolio Budget Statements.2019–20 at a glance
- We delivered $7.6 billion of benefit to the nation.
- We injected $20 million into the research and development of SME projects.
- We received Gold Employer Status in the 2020 Australian Workplace Equality Index.
- Our Future Science Platforms program grew to a total annual investment of $90 million.
- We engaged with 3,600 customers.
- We had 5,000 people committed to solving the greatest challenges.
- We worked with 378 international customers and collaborators from more than 50 countries.
- We had 58 sites in Australia and around the world.
- We received more than $500 million in external revenue.
- We contributed to 17 Cooperative Research Centres.
- 192,000+ students took part in STEM education programs.
You can read the full digital version on the Transparency Portal.