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Corporate entry Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) (1974 - )

Commonwealth of Australia

Defence Research, Defence Industries and Defence Administration


In 1974 the Australian Department of Defence was reorganised. The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) was created through the integration of the Australian Defence Scientific Service, the in-house research and development units of the Armed Services (except ARDU and ATEA) and the Science Branch of the Department of Defence. The Aeronautical Research Laboratories were also transferred to DSTO.

'The Defence Science and Technology Organisation is the research and development arm of the Australian Department of Defence. It exists to enhance Australian defence capabilities, to contribute to the development and implementation of Australian defence policies, and to provide assistance to the defence organisation and Australian industry, through the application of science and technology.' From "What is the DSTO?" calendar 1992.

For a full history of the reorganisations within DSTO see

Published resources


  • Cain, Frank, Arming the Nation: a History of Defence Science and Technology in Australia (Canberra: Australian Defence Studies Centre, 1999), 152 (160) pp. Details
  • Donovan, Peter F., Anticipating tomorrow's Defence Needs: a century of Australian Defence Science (Canberra: Defence Science and Technology Organisation, 2007), 216 pp. Details
  • Mann, J. Y., Aeronautical Research Laboratory 1939-1989: 50 Years of Research and Development for Australia's Defence (Melbourne: Aeronautical Research Laboratory, 1989), 116 pp. Details
  • Ross, A.T., Armed and Ready: the Industrial Development and Defence of Australia, 1900-1945 (Sydney: Turton & Armstrong, 1995), 452 pp. Details
  • Smith, Dennis K., To Explore and Exploit the Unknown: a History of Defence Science at DSTO Maribyrnong 1922-2004 (Fishermans Bend: Defence Science and Technology Organisation, 2005), 210 pp. Details
  • Sweeney, Tony, Malaria frontline: Australian Army research during World War II (Carlton, Victoria: Melbourne University Press, 2003), 354 pp. Details
  • Wisdom, J. C., Forty Years of Army Design (Maribyrnong, Victoria: Engineering Development Establishment, 1979), 91 pp. Details
  • Wisdom, John, A History of Defence Science in Australia (Melbourne: Defence Science and Technology Organisation, 1995), 267 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Farrands, J. L. and Wisdom, J. C., 'Defence Science and Technology' in Technology in Australia 1788-1988: A Condensed History of Australian Technological Innovation and Adaptation During the First Two Hundred Years, R. T. Madigan, ed. (Melbourne: Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, 1988). Details

Conference Papers

  • Morton, Peter, 'Engaging with Leviathan: a Historian's Perspective on Using the Scientific Archives of the Department of Defence', in Recovering Science: Strategies and Models for the Past, Present and Future: Proceedings of a Conference Held at the University of Melbourne, October 1992 edited by Tim Sherratt, Lisa Jooste and Rosanne Clayton (Canberra: Australian Science Archives Project, 1995), pp. 51-56.. Details
  • Noble, R., 'Sixty years of engineering in the RAAF', in The Royal Aeronautical Society, Australian Division, Melbourne Branch, Sir Lawrence Wackett Lecture (1980).. Details

Journal Articles

  • Dowsett, Michael, 'The Contribution of the Royal Australian Navy to the Development of Underwater Medicine in Australia', Health and History, 6 (2) (2004), 92-96. Details
  • Richards, R. J., 'Fit to Fight: from Butter to Bullets: Defence Food Science in Australia', Food Australia, 43 (9) (1991), 415-417. Details
  • Sinnott, D. H., 'Defence Radar Development in Australia: 1939 to the Present', IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, 20 (11) (2005), 27-31. Details


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