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Changing fortunes: a brief history of external earnings in CSIRO 1926-2015

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Lefroy, EC and Porfirio, L, Changing fortunes: a brief history of external earnings in CSIRO 1926-2015, Historical Records of Australian Science, 28 pp. 12-17. ISSN 0727-3061 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1071/HR16013

Abstract

The proportion of funds received by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Organisation (CSIRO) from sources other than Treasury, referred to as external earnings, has been used by the Australian government as an indicator of CSIRO's engagement with industry and contribution to the economy. Two periods of decline in external earnings in the 1940s and the 1980s were followed by enquiries into the organisation's purpose and operation, amendments to CSIRO's enabling legislation and introduction of measures to improve industry engagement. After 1988 these measures included a 30% external earnings target. External earnings subsequently rose from 24% of total revenue in 1988/89 to average 36% over the period to 2014/15, peaking at 51% in 2011. Following a review in 2002 the target was removed due to its unintended consequences which included encouraging competition with private industry, placing emphasis on earning capacity over public good and acting as a disincentive to innovation and collaboration.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Policy and Administration
Research Field:Public Administration
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Government and Politics
Objective Field:Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
Author:Lefroy, EC (Professor Ted Lefroy)
ID Code:114987
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Centre for Environment
Deposited On:2017-03-03
Last Modified:2017-09-22
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