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CSIRO's organisational structure

To function as an efficient organisation, CSIRO is structured into several different areas.

  • 1 February 2008 | Updated 12 January 2015

The Board and Chief Executive

The CSIRO Board is responsible for the efficient performance of the Organisation and developing its policy direction. The Board provides directions to the Chief Executive, Dr Larry Marshall.

Dr Marshall was appointed CSIRO Chief Executive in January 2015. As Chief Executive, he is responsible for all of the Organisation's activities and is assisted by the Executive Team.

Find out more about the CSIRO Board.

Executive Team

Our Executive Team comprises:

  • the Chief Executive
  • the Deputy Chief Executive
  • five Science Executives
  • the Chief Finance Officer.

The Executive Team is responsible for the development and implementation of the organisational strategy.

Find out more about the members of the Executive Team.

Executive Management Council

The Executive Management Council provides a forum for sharing and discussing issues relating to the management and future strategy for CSIRO. It comprises:

  • the Executive Team
  • Flagship Directors
  • other key members of the Organisation's leadership.

Find out more about the members of the Executive Management Council.

Lines of business

As of July 2014, CSIRO operates along three lines of business:

  1. National facilities and collections
  2. Impact science - including a new Flagship portfolio, and
  3. Services - including education, publishing, infrastructure technologies, SME engagement and CSIRO Futures. 

Impact science and our Flagships

Our Flagships are focused on delivering impact against national challenges, and integrate all activities from capability development through  to science delivery.

Find out more about the National Research Flagships.

Joint ventures

We are currently engaged in a select number of long-term, strategic joint ventures. These bring together organisations with similar capabilities and enable greater scale, efficiency and impact than either party could achieve alone.

Find out more about Joint Ventures.

Cooperative Research Centres

We are also an active participant in Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs) and Centres of Excellence.

We remain the single largest participant in the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) program with involvement in 20 of the active CRCs.

Find out more about Cooperative Research Centres.