Effective 29 April 2024

ASDEFCON (Strategic Materiel) is for acquiring high risk, software intensive systems with complex integration relating to major platforms or highly developmental systems. Further guidance on when to use ASDEFCON (Strategic Materiel) has been included in the Contract Template Selection and Tailoring Guide.

Contract Template Selection and Tailoring Guide (PDF, 1.34 MB)

The most recent version of ASDEFCON (Strategic Materiel) is version 5.2.

The ASDEFCON (Strategic Materiel) template has been updated to incorporate changes focused on the CASG 2.0 Procurement Reform Initiative 1: Tender Data Requirements (TDRs) Reduction, with an aim at reducing, consolidating and simplifying the templates as follows:

  • extensive changes made to reduce the size of TDRs including the volume of information requested by Defence
  • simplified drafting across all of the TDRs
  • TDRs which contained ‘like-themes’ have been consolidated to remove duplication
  • reduction of commercial TDRs by relying more on the statement of non-compliance and moving other information requirements from tender and into the negotiation phase.

In addition to the reduction in TDRs, ASDEFCON (Strategic Materiel) V5.2 incorporates the following additional changes:

  • updates to clauses made to facilitate the transfer from legacy Defence information systems to the Defence Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System
  • some minor updates, including for Defence web-links (following migration of Defence web pages), and changes in Defence policies and commercial standards.

A table of changes from version 5.1 to version 5.2 of ASDEFCON (Strategic Materiel) is available.

Table of changes - ASDEFCON (Strategic Materiel) V5.1 to V5.2 (PDF, 511.27 KB)

Download Files

The following files represent the complete ASDEFCON (Strategic Materiel) version 5.2 template.

This version is current as of 29 April 2024.

Preliminary pages (PDF, 314.23 KB)

Part 1 - Conditions of Tender (PDF, 322.71 KB)

Part 1 - Annexes to the Conditions of Tender (PDF, 641.35 KB)

Part 2 - Draft Conditions of Contract (PDF, 1.05 MB)

Part 2 - Attachments to the Draft Conditions of Contract (PDF, 1.78 MB)

Part 2 - Acquisition Pricing Workbook (ZIP, 311.89 KB)

Part 3 - Draft Statement of Work (PDF, 1.04 MB)

Part 3 - Annexes to the Draft Statement of Work (PDF, 602.34 KB)

Part 3 - Data Item Descriptions (PDF, 3.43 MB)

Part 3 - Supplementary Data Item Descriptions (PDF, 141.18 KB)

Part 3 - MSR Checklists (PDF, 1.22 MB)

Alternatively, a zipped copy of ASDEFCON (Strategic Materiel) V5.2 in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel (for the Strategic Materiel Pricing Workbook) format (ZIP) is also available for downloading. When extracting from Winzip please ensure you select "all files" and "use folder names".

ASDEFCON (Strategic Materiel) V5.2 (ZIP, 7.82 MB)

Defence accepts no responsibility, or liability, for the use of this document. For specific procurements, the Defence 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 also been produced to assist procurement staff in using the ASDEFCON (Strategic Materiel) template:

The ASDEFCON (Strategic Materiel) V1.2 handbook is no longer applicable to the ASDEFCON (Strategic Materiel) V5.2 template.