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About us

As Australia’s national science agency and innovation catalyst, CSIRO is solving the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology.

We are Australia’s most trusted research institution and most connected innovator, working with every Australian university, government department and major Australian industry.

We are one of the largest and most multidisciplinary mission-driven research agencies in the world. Our more than 5,500 people are based across 58 sites in Australia and around the world, and we manage state-of-the-art research facilities for the nation.

Our collaborative research turns science into solutions for food security and quality; clean energy and resources; health and wellbeing; resilient and valuable environments; innovative industries; and a secure Australia and region.

We deliver around $4.5 billion of benefit to the nation each year as a result of our science, securing our future national prosperity as well as environmental and social benefits.

CSIRO. Unlocking a better future for everyone.

Our purpose

Solving the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology.

2018–29 highlights

5,500 staff
Committed to delivering the greatest national benefit.

55 sites in Australia and three overseas
Local and international networks collaborated across the globe.

3,300+ customers
1,800+ commercial agreements worth more than $700 million entered into.

$175 million of scientific engagement
Received from more than 200 customers from all levels of Australian government.

67 per cent publication with Australian collaborators1
Everything we do is in collaboration with others – universities, government and industry.


  1. Analysis of CSIRO’s scientific publication output for the period 2014–18 based on WoS Relational database (May 2019), Finch A, Abbott T.