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About DMO

Who We Are

 Mr Warren King

Mr Warren King


The DMO is part of the Department of Defence.  The DMO exists to meet the Australian Defence Force’s military equipment and supply requirements as identified by Defence and approved by Government.

The 2012 Public Defence Capability Plan provides an account of Major Capital Equipment proposals that are currently planned for Government consideration (either first or second pass approval).
The projects outlined in this public version of the Defence Capability Plan (DCP) 2012 reflect the strategic and Defence requirements outlined in the Defence White Paper 2009, Defending Australia in the Asia Pacific Century: Force 2030.

Defence equipment procurement follows a standardised capability lifecycle.

Snapshot of the DMO

The Introducing the Defence Materiel Organisation publication provides an overview of key facts about the DMO, and contains the top 30 acquisition and the top 20 sustainment projects for the current financial year.

The DMO Leadership Team as at June 2014. .Biographies are also available.

The DMO Strategic Framework defines:

  • Our purpose
  • Our vision
  • Who we are accountable to
  • Our goals
  • Our core functions
  • Our values

Our Purpose

The DMO exists to equip and sustain Defence’s materiel capabilities to meet Australia’s needs in an effective, efficient, economical and safe manner.

Our Vision

To be recognised and respected as a global leader in defence materiel solutions.

Who we are accountable to

We are accountable to:

  • The Australian Government
  • Secretary of Defence and Chief of the Defence Force
  • Capability Managers and Capability Development Group
  • The Women and Men of the Australian Defence Force
  • Defence industry in Australia
  • International partners
  • The Australian public
  • Each other

Our Goals

Over the next three years we will deliver defence sustainment and acquisition capability to achieve our vision. We will do this by:

  • Providing sound, timely, respected and independent advice
  • Delivering government approved sustainment and acquisition outcomes
  • Improving our understanding of Defence’s required outcomes and providing cost-effective materiel options to meet those outcomes
  • Improving the transparency of our business
  • Building stronger and more trusted partnerships
  • Maintaining a balanced and flexible organisation with strong governance to support the performance of the DMO
  • Building a capable workforce with a strong safety and performance culture to support our core functions
  • Improving and leveraging our relationships with suppliers
  • Building stronger links to create future capability solutions and managed technology

Our Core Functions

To support our core business of sustainment and acquisition, the functions we perform are:

  • Procurement
  • Financial Management
  • Project and Sustainment Management
  • Materiel Engineering
  • Materiel Logistics

Our Values

We will align ourselves to the Defence values of:

  • Impartial.
  • Committed to Service.
  • Accountable.
  • Respectful.
  • Ethical.

Defence and industry in partnership

A vigorous, productive, innovative and profitable industry is necessary to equip and sustain the ADF. Defence officials work closely with industry to ensure that contracts for goods and services provide effective capability solutions for the ADF and value for money for the Australian taxpayer. This requires an open and ethical business relationship.

Industry support for the ADF must be both effective (meeting contracted requirements) and efficient (delivering on agreed cost reduction targets over the life of contracts). The DMO and industry continue to work together to strengthen relationships and improve performance.

The DMO aims to enhance the performance and capability of Australian industry through funded programs such as Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI), as well as fostering its expansion into international defence markets through the Global Supply Chain program and export support.


DMO seeking gate reviewers

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Future Submarine Industry Skills Plan Future Submarine Industry Skills Plan
Introducing the Defence Materiel Organisation Introducing the DMO - June 2014 Update
Portfolio Budget Statements 2011-12 Portfolio Budget Statement 2013-2014
 2012 Public Defence Capability Plan 2012 Public Defence Capability Plan
Defence Annual Report 11-12 Defence Annual Report 12-13
Defence Annual Report 2011-12 DMO Major Projects Report 2012-13
Defence Industry Policy Statement 2010 Defence Industry Policy Statement 2010
Defence Procurement Policy Manual Defence Procurement Policy Manual
Coles Review Coles Review