Defence Support Services (DSS) Panel

The purpose of the Defence Support Services (DSS) Panel is to procure a broad range of services to support the acquisition and sustainment of Defence’s (Air, Joint Systems, Land and Maritime) capital equipment and system projects. These services are required by Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), other Defence Groups and the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Other Australian Government agencies may also access these services.

The DSS panel is focused around 4 key disciplines and 70 underlying skill sets linked to the CASG Centres of Expertise:

  • Engineering and Technical
  • Program Management
  • Materiel Logistics
  • Commercial

The DSS Panel will replace the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment – Support Services (CAS-SS) Panel, which will expire in April 2018. The CAS-SS Panel has provided Defence with efficient and streamlined access to a broad range of professional service providers, particularly Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Defence expects this to continue through the establishment of the DSS Panel.

The DSS Panel is established under a common Deed of Standing Offer (Deed) entered into between the Commonwealth and each of the Service Providers. The Deed sets out the terms on which the Commonwealth will seek services from Service Providers and Service Providers will provide services to the Commonwealth.

The DSS Panel will be in operation on 23 April 2018.

Tendering for Inclusion on the DSS Panel

There are currently no opportunities to tender for inclusion on the DSS Panel.

Future opportunities to join the DSS Panel will be available through the DSS Panel refresh process.

Companies wishing to be informed of future opportunities for inclusion on the DSS Panel should register with AusTender to receive Defence Approach to Market (ATM) notices.

For further information please contact the DSS Panel Team at

DSS Panel Induction Briefing Slides

The slides from the DSS Panel Induction Briefing held in Canberra on 21 March 2018 are available from the following link.

DSS Panel Induction Briefing Slides

Contacting the DSS Panel

For all queries related to the DSS Panel email the DSS Panel Team at