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Australia and the United States of America signed a treaty on cooperation in science and technology (S&T) for domestic security on 21 December 2005.

The agreement was signed in Washington by the Australian Ambassador to the United States of America, Mr Dennis Richardson, and the Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, Mr Michael Chertoff. The agreement established a formal arrangement to facilitate S&T exchange and interaction on counter-terrorism. The agreement is available on the Australian Legal Information Institute website.

The agreement facilitates cooperative activities such as collaborative research, staff visits and information and material exchange that will contribute to the enhancement of domestic security capabilities of both nations. The agreement allows both nations to share advancements in innovative S&T ideas and capabilities. The implementation of this agreement is coordinated in Australia by DST and in the United States by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) S&T Directorate.


  • Counter-Terrorism
  • Information Exchange
  • National Security