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Capability Acquisition & Sustainment Group

Procurement and contracting policies, guidelines and templates

Defence is governed by the structured processes, policies, guidelines and templates for procuring goods and services. Building a better working relationship between Defence and suppliers is at the heart of changes to processes, policies, guidelines and templates aimed at making selling to Defence easier.

To support the application of procurement related legislation and policy, Defence has a single overarching procurement policy framework managed by Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group.

Mandatory procurement guidance is contained in the Defence Procurement Policy Manual (DPPM). The DPPM applies to all Defence officials. In certain circumstances, a contractor may be deemed to be a Defence official in accordance with Defence’s Accountable Authority Instructions, or a contract may extend the application of the DPPM to a contractor.

The Australian Standard for Defence Contracting (ASDEFCON) suite of tendering and contracting templates translates these mandatory procurement policy requirements into an appropriate contractual form. These ASDEFCON templates provide draft contracts, based on established risk profiles, for acquisition, sustainment and related procurement activities, such as establishing a standing offer panel. These templates are structured around the Conditions of Tender, draft Conditions of Contract and a draft Statement of Work. A number of other template suites are also available across Defence.

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