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Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky with Professor Vernon Gibson, Chief Scientific Advisor, UK Ministry of Defence.
Chief Defence Scientist Dr Alex Zelinsky with Professor Vernon Gibson, Chief Scientific Advisor, UK Ministry of Defence.

Australia's cooperation with its allies and regional partners is an important element of the country's defence science and technology (S&T) capability. DST Group's international engagement is critical for conducting world class research.

By undertaking collaborative research with allied countries, especially in niche areas, Australia (through DST) is able to access overseas capabilities that would not otherwise be available to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Multilateral relationships

DST has strong multilateral relationships through The Technical Cooperation Program (TTCP) with the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and New Zealand. 

Bilateral agreements

DST’s S&T bilateral relations remain strong with Australia’s traditional partners of USA, UK, Canada and New Zealand, due to historical ties and similar strategic objectives.

We have mature S&T bilateral relationship with European countries such as France, the Netherlands and Sweden. These relationships focus on sharing S&T of mutual interest and benefit.

DST has continued to develop and foster regional S&T bilateral relationships in the Asian arena, with Singapore, Japan and the Republic of Korea to provide opportunities to collaborate in niche technology areas.

Key information

  • Bilateral Agreements
  • International Relations
  • Multilateral Agreements
  • Partnerships
  • Science and Technology Capability