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Our people

Our dedicated and passionate people are our greatest asset. They are committed to unlocking a better future for all Australians and are critical to our success.

Our scientists and researchers are renowned experts in their fields, world-leaders and trusted advisors to industry, government and academia. We have people working across the entire spectrum of research, science and commercialisation, as well as support services.

We also engage consultancy services when necessary (read more at Consultancy services).

Staff numbers

At 30 June 2020, we employed 5,319 people across every state and territory and overseas, the equivalent of 5,065 full-time employees. The majority of our people – 3,316, or 62 per cent – were classified within the research function (see 4.1: Staff numbers (headcount) by functional area).

Headcount and full-time equivalent figures refer to our salaried staff (permanent, term contract and casual). They do not include people employed through other mechanisms such as affiliates, labour‑hire and joint venture staff. The apparent reduction in headcount and full-time equivalent staff from 2018–19 to 2019–20 can largely be attributed to a change in our preferred mechanism for engaging short-term staff (from casual and term contract, to labour-hire), as well as term contracts coming to an end in line with the completion of projects.

Read more about our staff numbers including details by state and gender at Appendix A: Management of human resources.

4.1: Staff numbers (headcount) by functional area

Functional area

2015–16

% female 2015–16

2016–17

% female 2016–17

2017–18

% female 2017–18

2018–19

% female 2018–19

2019–20

% female 2019–20

Research

Research scientists/ engineers

1,466

26

1,473

27

1,533

27

1,570

28

1,485

28

Research project staff

1,752

42

1,803

41

1,809

42

1,829

42

1,521

41

Research management

248

15

246

19

251

22

233

21

250

24

Research consulting

54

19

58

22

55

26

53

25

60

28

Non-research

Senior specialists

20

50

21

43

19

42

17

47

13

46

Technical services

586

13

621

16

672

17

719

17

683

16

Communication and information services

203

75

237

78

260

78

281

80

230

80

General services

23

21

20

55

19

53

16

50

8

38

Administrative services

909

75

942

75

999

75

1,046

75

930

75

General management

106

34

144

40

150

45

151

50

139

52

Total headcount

5,367

40

5,565

40

5,767

41

5,915

42

5,319

41

Full-time equivalent (FTE)

4,864

37

4,990

38

5,190

39

5,359

40

5,065

40

In 2016–17, the creation of Data61 led to the classification of new roles in General Management.