For more than 80 years, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation—better known as CSIRO— has helped Australia's most significant industries grow and prosper. It is one of the largest and most diverse scientific research institutions in the world with 6 500 staff at 60 research locations both in Australia and around the globe.
The work of CSIRO scientists touches just about every aspect of Australian life, finding ways to improve our quality of life, as well as the economic and social performance of a number of industry sectors through research and development. CSIRO is now focusing on some important areas of research through its National Research Flagship programs, which involve extensive collaboration with partners in science and industry. They cover a number of topics of national importance including Light Metals, where CSIRO is working with BHP Billiton and many other companies to dramatically improve technologies, helping Australia compete in the growing market for lightweight metals.