ASDEFCON (Support) version 4.0

Effective 26 April 2019

ASDEFCON (Support) is a Performance Based Contracting (PBC) template for the support of materiel systems including platform based mission systems, vehicle fleets, complex ICT systems, and complex subsystems fitted to one or multiple mission system types. Further guidance on when to use ASDEFCON (Support) has been included in the Contract Template Selection and Tailoring Guide.

The most recent version of ASDEFCON (Support) is version 4.0 incorporating:

  • provisions to extend the Technical Data / Intellectual Property Framework, first released in ASDEFCON (Strategic Materiel) V3.1, to the sustainment procurement context;
  • new Collaborative Working provisions including a Contract Governance Framework between the contracting parties to improve contract management;
  • updates to reflect a further step in the transition towards regulatory / assurance programs, concentrated on Materiel Safety, which are replacing the traditional technical regulatory frameworks;
  • updates to incorporate the Defence Procurement Complaints Scheme under the Government Procurement (Judicial Review) Act 2018;
  • updates to reflect the reformed Defence Industry Security Program; and
  • updates to reflect the new Commonwealth Procurement Rules (April 2019).

Other new changes include minor typographical and grammatical changes, updated weblinks and references.

A table of changes from version 3.2 to version 4.0 of ASDEFCON (Support) (PDF) is available.

Download files

The following files represent the complete template for downloading ASDEFCON (Support) version 4.0.

This version is current as of 26 April 2019.  

Preliminary Pages (PDF) 
Part 1 - Conditions of Tender (PDF)
Part 1 - Annexes to the Conditions of Tender (PDF)
Part 2 – Draft Conditions of Contract (PDF)
Part 2 - Attachments to the Draft Conditions of Contract (PDF)
Part 3 - Draft Statement of Work (PDF)
Part 3 – Annexes to the Draft Statement of Work (PDF)
Part 3 – Data Item Descriptions (DIDs) (PDF)
Part 3 – Supplementary Data Item Descriptions (DIDs) (PDF)
Part 3 – Detailed Service Descriptions (DSDs) (PDF)

Contractor Standing Capability Module for ASDEFCON (Support) V4.0 (PDF)

Alternatively, a zipped copy of ASDEFCON (Support) V4.0 (ZIP) in Microsoft Word format is also available for downloading. When extracting from Winzip please ensure you select "all files" and "use folder names".

The Department of Defence accepts no responsibility or liability for the use of this document. For specific procurements, the Department reserves the right to make changes to the document (or select particular clause 'options') and is not bound to use the document for any particular procurement.


The following guidance has been produced to assist procurement staff in using ASDEFCON (Support) version 4.0:

The ASDEFCON (Support) version 1.1 handbook is no longer applicable to the ASDEFCON (Support) version 4.0 template. Should you still wish to view the handbook, you can find a copy here.
A single PDF version of the ASDEFCON (Support) version 4.0 template is available to assist ASDEFCON (Support) training course attendees.