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Letter of transmittal

28 August 2020
The Hon Karen Andrews MP
Minister for Industry, Science and Technology
Parliament House
CANBERRA ACT 2600

We have pleasure in submitting to you, for presentation to Parliament, the 72nd Annual Report of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for the year ending 30 June 2020. This report has been prepared in accordance with the requirements of the Science and Industry Research Act 1949, section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014.

The report was endorsed at the meeting of the CSIRO Board members on 28 August 2020.

Part 6 is a report on the operations of the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (the Fund), which was established under the Science and Industry Endowment Act 1926. It also includes a report by the Auditor-General on the accounts of the Fund.

The Corporate Commonwealth Annual Reporting Rule requires CSIRO to report any significant activities and changes that affected the organisation or structure. During the reporting period, we responded to your Statement of Expectations with our Statement of Intent, outlining how CSIRO will meet these expectations as an organisation, we have also been responding to widespread drought, bushfires, hailstorms and the global pandemic COVID-19.

We are proud of CSIRO’s achievements this year.

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Mr David Thodey AO
Chairman of the CSIRO Board

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Dr Larry Marshall
Chief Executive of the CSIRO