Historically, DASA has relied on a multitude of contracted suppliers to supplement our capacity and capability. DASA intends to rationalise the number of contracts by establishing a single Strategic Support Contract (SSC) covering the full scope of services required to support DASA in the long term.

Refer to AusTender Contract Notice here(Opens in a new tab/window) for more detail.

Enquiries related to SSC activities can be submitted to the Project Manager (PM SSC) via the dasa.contracting@defence.gov.au group mailbox.


When is the RFT going to be released? 

        DASA plans to release the RFT in next  3 months.

What about current contracts? Will they be ‘terminated’?

Depending on the expiry date and progress/status relative to the commencement of the SSC, extant contracts will likely proceed to completion UNLESS alternative timing is agreed between all parties, ie DASA/extant contractor/new SSC contractor. Transition of any extant contracts will be a key focus of SSC establishment negotiations and planning.


In terms of your stated requirement “…the Tenderer is expected to execute a substantive proportion of the scope of work within their own commercial organisation…”, what would constitute ‘substantive’ for the purposes of a bid being deemed compliant?

The Tenderer will be expected to execute at least 50 percent of the scope of work within their own commercial organisation. This includes the requirement to hold specialist expertise within their own commercial organisation with senior staff possessing background, experience and specialist knowledge across the breadth of aviation specialist areas within the scope of work.

Bids that propose extensive sub-contractual arrangements with a small commitment of oversight and management are not aligned with the objectives of the SSC. For a proposal to deliver the anticipated benefits of a Strategic Relationship, the commercial organisation of the Tenderer must possess numbers of staff with specialist background, expertise, experience and knowledge and have sufficient capacity to provide flexibility to directly deliver effective outcomes for Defence Aviation.


Across the High-Level Scope areas (Strategic Relationship, Contract Management, Delivery of Recurring tasking, Delivery of Ad-hoc tasking, and Provision of Embedded Specialist Staff), what is the likely future relative volume between each? 

Details related to workload will be released in the RFT package.

What is the underpinning contractual mechanism proposed for the successful provider? For example: will this be modelled on an MSP-arrangement, or is this an area that is open for discussion?

The SSC will be based on the ASDEFCON (Complex Services) templates.