Safe, positive culture

Function 4.1 Ensure a vibrant, safe and positive culture in CSIRO.
two female staff members working in the laboratory wearing glasses and gloves and labcoats and holding scientific equipment

Our people are our greatest asset. There’s nothing more important than ensuring everyone feels safe and able to do their best work – and we believe we all have a responsibility to look after ourselves, our colleagues and our workplaces.

We deliver on this requirement by:

  • understanding our future workforce needs and ensuring we have the right capabilities (including leadership) at the right time
  • supporting our people to thrive and to value their health, safety and wellbeing
  • shifting the needle on all elements of our cultural vision and continuing to invest in our leaders
  • attracting, developing and retaining the nation’s best and brightest to solve complex, emergent challenges for Australia’s prosperity into the future.

Strategic focus areas for 2020–21:

  • caring for our people’s safety and the environment so that everyone thrives and goes home safely
  • building our capability to deliver on our strategy now and for the future
  • nurturing and attracting world-class talent for CSIRO and Australia, and creating a people experience that delights
  • developing outstanding leadership and building a culture to support our purpose and vision.

Key activities for 2020–21

Safety and culture

Health, Safety and Environment Management Culture and System: Establish a single system as a seamless part of how we do business. A proactive, fit-for-purpose risk management culture and consistent processes and standards will embed health and safety within our vibrant culture.

Refresh culture plan including wellbeing and values: Refresh our culture plan for a proactive, holistic approach to our values and employee health and wellbeing to support and enable our people to thrive at work.


CSIRO Workforce strategy including interchange: Establish and embed a strategy for our workforce to understand how to best access, develop, engage and internally mobilise our people so we can achieve our purpose and vision.

New ways of working: Establish more flexible and agile ways of working by providing our people with improved remote working arrangements, enhanced digital tools and platforms, and modern (including virtual) laboratories and meeting spaces.


  • Our people are engaged and empowered in their work.
  • Our innovation culture and operations enhance the wellbeing of our people.
  • Our workforce is inclusive, harnessing the full potential of our people.
KPIs and targets
Outcome KPI Metrics Targets
2020–21 2021–22 2022–23 2023–24
Staff safety, health and wellbeing Staff Survey: staff wellbeing responses 71 72 73 74
Hazard reporting (number of hazards recorded by staff in the health, safety and environment system) 1,080 reports 1,440 reports 1,800 reports 1,800 reports
Cultural health Staff Survey: Sustainable Engagement Score 81% 81% 82% 82%
Diversity in leadership: proportion of female leaders (as defined by organisation role) 34% 35% 36% 37%