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The Defence Science and Technology Group is part of Australia's Department of Defence. It is the second largest public-funded R&D organisation in Australia.

As part of the First Principles Review implementation, from 1 July 2015 the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) has been renamed as the Defence Science and Technology Group. This change gives effect to the One Defence business model recommended in the First Principles Review.

Moving to the new title does not affect any current contracts, working arrangements or points of contact.

The name change will be progressively implemented on this website and other communications material over the coming months.

Australia's requirement for submarines
Dr Alex Zelinsky released a study on ‘Australia’s requirement for submarines’ at the 8th Biennial Strategic Conference of the Submarine Institute of Australia.
Horace Billon (right) with industry collaborator Adam Fairbairn, testing new ceramic armour prototypes.
DST is responsible for developing individual protection for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, particularly those deployed on operations.
Defence researcher Dr Jacqueline Craig has been elected a Fellow of the ATSE
Defence researchers Dr Jacqueline Craig (recently retired) and Dr Stuart Cannon have been elected Fellows of the ATSE.
SAGE Executives Dr Wafa El-Adhami and Dr Saraid Billiards with members of the DST leadership team.
Over two days SAGE program Executives visited Defence Science and Technology Group (DST) laboratories in Melbourne and Adelaide.
Tania Holmes with one of the high-tech cameras used to capture explosive action.
Defence researcher Tania Holmes starts her technology pitch at the 2016 Future Land Force Conference by popping a balloon.
Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne, the 2016 Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science recipient Dr Brian Ferguson and Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky.
Defence scientist Dr Brian Ferguson has won the 2016 Minister’s Award for Achievement in Defence Science.
Lear jet with ASRAAM guidance section mounted in pod under starboard wing (LHS of photo) and camera for recording test environments in infrared imagery mounted in pod under port wing (RHS of photo).
DST research has been critical to ensuring the F/A-18 Hornet’s ASRAAM weapon continues to offer a capability edge.
Aerial view of the Northern Flinders Ranges containing incised creek valleys and gorges where Warratyi Rock Shelter was discovered.
Dr Nigel Spooner contributed to the research that has discovered much earlier habitation and technology of humans in inland Australia than previously known.