About this report

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The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has prepared this report pursuant to section 46 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and Division 3A Subdivision A of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014.

This report provides information on the activities of the department during the 2016–17 financial year and includes the annual reports of Geoscience Australia and IP Australia, which are non-corporate Commonwealth entities under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act.

Contact officers

Questions or feedback on the content of this report can be addressed to the listed contact officers.


Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Geoscience Australia

IP Australia

Contact officer

Manager, Planning and Governance

Director, Governance and Business Services

Director, Performance Analysis, Planning and Reporting

Postal address

GPO Box 2013
Canberra ACT 2601

GPO Box 378
Canberra ACT 2601

PO Box 200
Woden ACT 2606


13 28 46

1800 800 173

1300 65 10 10

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Cover information

Background image: Just a few of the 36 antennas that make up CSIRO’s ASKAP telescope at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory.

Centre left image: ICRAR Engineering Team members Mia Walker (left) and Kim Steele working on the Murchison Widefield Array radio telescope. Source: ICRAR/Curtin University.

Centre right image: CSIRO research engineer Mia Baquiran is working on the systems that will create a view of the sky using the SKA Low radio telescope. Source: CSIRO.

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ISSN: 2206-5717
Produced by: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Designed by: Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
Edited by: WordsWorth Writing, Canberra