This week’s release of the report of the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission has exposed a crisis of science integrity and maladministration at the highest levels in CSIRO, writes Sam Popovski.
THE DAMNING report didn’t hold back in revealing how CSIRO science has been ignored or used in a misleading way on multiple occasions by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA).
Swift action from Data61 Staff Association delegates has secured a management commitment to improve promotion processes and career advancement opportunities. Elsewhere, Data61 union representatives have raised serious concerns over the Morrison Government’s controversial encryption legislation.
Last November, several issues regarding the promotion process were raised at Data61 workplaces around the country; specifically, the maintenance of deadlines for promotions applications given management failures to meet feedback deadlines on Confluence by more than two months.
Staff Association Secretary Sam Popovski previews the year ahead for Staff Association members and CSIRO
PREDICTING THE YEAR ahead in CSIRO is difficult at the best of times, but even more in 2019.
Much of the work we do is influenced by funding, from both government and industry. While funding and staffing levels have stabilised somewhat since the devastating cuts of 2014, workloads are excessive and the quest to secure additional funding is intense.
CSIRO has refocused its strategy. A greater integration of digital and data research has improved capabilities but failed to deliver the financial returns that are required for longer term sustainability.