CSIRO is Australia’s national science agency. It employs over 5,000 people, and is one of the highest-rated, largest and most diverse multi-disciplinary research entities in the world. CSIRO conducts scientific research, and facilitates the application and utilisation of research results. It is an independent trusted adviser to industry and government delivering innovative solutions for industry, society and the environment within Australia as well as the broader international community.
Our scientific and technical personnel are grouped into the following business units:
- Data61 (digital productivity)
- Food and Nutrition
- Health and Biosecurity
- Land and Water
- Mineral Resources
- Oceans and Atmosphere
CSIRO is differentiated in the national and global innovation systems by its development and delivery of integrated assessment studies, approaches, information products, and technologies that have underpinned policy development and water management, and demonstrated Australia’s global reputation for successful water reform.
As an entity of the Australian government, CSIRO contributes to the preparation and implementation of Australia’s international policies and responsibilities, including water and other environmentally related issues. CSIRO’s international activities include aiming to increase the global impact of our water research and capacity building, such as increasing access to safe water and basic sanitation, and informing policies and strategies that support effective water resources management. We are building partnerships in the Asia-Pacific, including:
- Bangladesh: nationwide integrated water resources assessment
- Chile: integrated water resources management in Copiapo Basin
- China: management of contaminants in agricultural and domestic wastewaters
- India: managed aquifer recharge
- Koshi Basin, South Asia: transboundary water management.