The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is a Commonwealth statutory authority operating under the Australian Institute of Marine Science Act 1972 .
AIMS is accountable to the Minister for Industry and is governed by a Council that reports to the Minister. The Council, which meets quarterly, is the policy-making body of the Institute.
AIMS is Australia's only sole marine science organisation. It organises its capabilities to maximise effective delivery of its research goals. Under the Institute's organisational structure, its research effort is backed by corporate and science support and commercial and financial services.
The CEO is responsible for the day-to-day affairs of the Institute. AIMS staff are employed under the Australian Institute of Marine Science Act 1972.