Celebrating 80 years of inventions and successes. This note is printed on the same material as those polymer notes used in Australia. Note issued as a novelty and it comes with a wallet folder.
CSIRO is the national government body for scientific research in Australia. It's origin date from the early years of World War I where the Australian Government established the Advisory Council of Science and Industry as the first step towards a 'national laboratory'. Several years later the agency was reorganised and in 1926 established the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The aim of the CSIR was to carry out scientific research to assist primary and secondary industries in Australia, mainly in the farming, mining and manufacture sectors.
During the World War II (1939-1945), CSIR involved in the research to assist the Australian Defence Forces, in areas such as radar.
Some of CSIRO’s scientific breakthroughs include:
CSIRO continues to meet today's challenges by providing innovative solutions, including:
Today, CSIRO is one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.
In 2006 CSIRO celebrates its 80th anniversary, and as such the above commemorative "notes" were printed. Whilst I do not know how many of these were printed, it is believed in the vicinity of 6,000 plus as every staff at CSIRO, is presented with one each.
Footnote: I got this note at a very affortable price. Since I got this note in 2006, I have seen dealers selling them in excess of A$75 each. In my opinion, and in case you are looking for one, this is not worth the money. It's more like a thin plastic cardboard than a banknote. Despite having one in my collection, I have no idea where I have stored this note. Needless to say, this is not importance enough for me to store this in a secured place!