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2018–19 highlights

Our extraordinary people are critical to CSIRO’s success and bring our excellent science to life. We inspire each other, trust each other and collaborate closely to help solve complex problems that will make a real difference to our future.

Staff pride
92 per cent of staff are proud to be associated with CSIRO.

Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Institutional Bronze Award
We’re committed to advancing workplace gender equity.

Thrive Wellbeing program
Helping our people prioritise their health, safety and wellbeing.

Annual CSIRO Awards
Celebrating the hard work and achievements of our people.

Second Reconciliation Action Plan
Investing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge.

Staff numbers

As at 30 June 2019, we had 5,915 staff, a full time equivalent of 5,359. Of these, 3,685, or 62 per cent, were classified within the research function.

Overall, the number of staff increased by 2.6 per cent (148) this year. The proportion of female staff increased by 0.6 per cent to 42.1 per cent and the proportion of female research science staff has increased slightly to 28.1 per cent. Research science staff increased by one per cent (37). Voluntary staff turnover increased slightly from the previous year but remained relatively low at six per cent.

Table 2.1: Staff numbers (headcount)

Functional Area

2014–15

2015–16

2016–17

% Female 2016–17

2017–18

% Female 2017–18

2018–19

% Female 2018–19

Research

Research Scientists/Engineers

1,520

1,466

1,473

27

1,533

27

1,570

28

Research Project staff

1,669

1,752

1,803

41

1,809

42

1,829

42

Research Management

254

248

246

19

251

22

233

21

Research Consulting

40

54

58

22

55

26

53

25

Non-research

Senior Specialists

21

20

21

43

19

42

17

47

Technical Services

537

586

621

16

672

17

719

17

Communication and Information Services

201

203

237

78

260

78

281

80

General Services

16

23

20

55

19

53

16

50

Administrative Support

908

909

942

75

999

75

1,046

75

General Management

103

106

144

40

150

45

151

50

Total headcount

5,269

5,367

5,565

40

5,767

41

5,915

42

Full-time equivalent (FTE)

4,836

4,864

4,990

38

5,190

39

5,359

40

In 2016–17, the creation of Data61 led to the classification of new roles in General Management and changes in some functions led to an increase in staff reported in that functional area.