DST is part of the Department of Defence.
Chief Defence Scientist
The Chief Defence Scientist is the head of DST and is the executive accountable to the Minister for Defence through the Secretary of the Department of Defence for delivering the science and technology (S&T) program of the Defence portfolio. In delivering this program, the Chief Defence Scientist is responsive to the priorities of the Chief of the Defence Force, Service Chiefs and other Group Heads within the Department.
The current Chief Defence Scientist is Dr Alex Zelinsky.
DST Leadership Team
The DST Leadership Team (DLT) is the primary executive management body in DST.
The role of the DLT is to determine matters and to make recommendations to the Chief Defence Scientist regarding the direction and operations of DST. The DLT, individually and as a team, support the Chief Defence Scientist to lead, direct, coordinate and control the operations and performance of DST Group.
The DLT comprises the Chief Defence Scientist, three Chiefs of Corporate Divisions, and the seven Chiefs of Research Divisions. DLT is chaired by the Chief Defence Scientist. The Chiefs report directly to the Chief Defence Scientist.