In a statement, the agency said the facility, set up in Melbourne, was meant to help workers who were in the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus.
The new facility, which has been accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities, could provide a rapid turnaround on surgical face mask testing, helping manufacturers fast-track the supply of masks for frontline healthcare workers, the CSIRO said.
It would also be a boost for Australian companies who would not need to send masks and materials overseas for testing, saving time and money.
"This new facility will give Aussie businesses another solution from science to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.
"Science is guiding us through COVID-19, and science will help us grow on the other side. There's not much Aussie innovation can't solve, whether it's finding the right vaccine or creating Australia's first NATA-accredited face mask testing facility."
Queensland manufacturer Evolve Group has recently started manufacturing masks to help meet Australia's COVID-19 PPE demands. Evolve managing director Ty Hermans said the new testing facility would support the company in getting its masks to where they're needed faster.
A pressure differential (pressure drop) test measures the differential pressure across a mask. Courtesy CSIRO
"Using CSIRO's Australian testing facility means we don't have to ship our masks overseas, which saves us time and money," he said.
"It has been our mission to reshore manufacturing ever since we started in 2006.
"Testing our face masks at CSIRO's facility aligns with our goal to bolster Australia's sovereign manufacturing capability and not have to rely on overseas facilities.
"Evolve Group is confident in the product we have designed and we're now looking forward to CSIRO testing our masks to ensure they meet stringent Australian standards and can provide critical protection to frontline workers."