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Our purpose

We are an Australian Government statutory authority within the Industry, Science, Energy and Resources portfolio, operating under the provisions of the Science and Industry Research Act 1949 (SIR Act). To align with our Portfolio Budget Statement outcome statement, we describe our purpose as:

Solving the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology.

Our vision

Recognising our unique role in Australia and the highly collaborative and innovative nature of what is needed to solve the greatest challenges, our vision is:

Australia’s innovation catalyst, collaborating to boost Australia’s innovation performance.

Close up of plants in pastel colours of purple, blue and yellow with spkes
Our scientists captured this image while investigating the properties of wild and mutant wheat plants to assist in breeding varieties suited to Australian conditions.