Chairman’s opening statement

David Thodey AO

Chairman of the CSIRO Board, Mr David Thodey AO

On behalf of the CSIRO Board, I am pleased to present our key strategic planning document, the CSIRO Corporate Plan 2020–21.

At a time when Australia and the world is responding to the impact of COVID-19, the role of our national science agency in future-proofing our nation and building resilience has never been more important.

CSIRO has been a steady, guiding hand of science and research for 100 years, and today more than ever, our scientists are living our purpose of solving Australia’s greatest challenges.

CSIRO is an incredible national asset. As Chair, I am constantly reminded of how fortunate we are to have this talented group of scientists and researchers who are working at the forefront of our response to some of the greatest challenges of our time. We must not underestimate how important this is to our future security and prosperity.

The Board fully endorses CSIRO’s mission-led strategy. We are committed to supporting CSIRO in partnering with our universities and business partners to work together on these challenges for the good of our nation.

This Corporate Plan builds on previous plans to outline how CSIRO will deliver on its purpose for the next four years (2020–21 to 2023–24), how our key priorities align with the legislation that guides CSIRO, and how success will be measured

The Corporate Plan meets the requirements of s35 (1) (b) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013, the CSIRO Statement of Expectations of February 2020 and the responding CSIRO Statement of Intent of May 2020.

Set out in these pages is a clear, focused plan for CSIRO to unlock a better future for all Australians. As one of the largest mission-driven multidisciplinary science and research organisations in the world, CSIRO strives to earn the trust required to build consensus and develop long‑term solutions that create impact. I can think of no better organisation to guide our thinking and steady our course.

David Thodey AO
Chairman of the Board
July 2020