Defence Industry


Legal Services and Specialist Services

At Elite Legal we have highly-regarded providers of legal advice and services specialising in assisting Defence Industry with large scale and complex capital acquisition and sustainment projects. Our lawyers have lead advisory and delivery teams in some of the nation’s most strategic projects and has the skills and experience to support all stages of procurement capability development and broader performance improvement.

With a well-established reputation as trusted advisors who work to create strong relationships with clients to achieve superior capability and operational goals. We are available to assist Defence industry achieve superior project and sourcing results by actively guiding, managing and supporting the sourcing process: from developing your business case and sourcing strategy, developing approaches to market documentation, source evaluation, contract development and negotiation and contract management.

Commonwealth and State Contracting Models

We have a detailed knowledge of Commonwealth and State Contracting models including:

  • ASDEFCON template suite
  • Commonwealth Contracting Suite
  • SourceIT
  • GITC

Commonwealth Government Procurement Policies

We also have a strong working understanding of Commonwealth procurement policies including the:

  • Defence Procurement Policy Manual
  • Australian Government Cloud Computing Policy
  • Data Centre Strategy
  • ICT Investment Approval process (formerly known as the ICT Two Pass Review process)
  • Gateway Review process
  • Guide to Limiting Supplier Liability in ICT Contracts
  • Department of Defence Capability Life Cycle
Procurement and Tendering Procurement Risk Management Compliance
Sourcing Strategies Analysis of statements of commercial compliance Law and Regulations
Tender preparation, process design and documentation development Risk assessment workshops


Policy and procedure development


Tender Management Confidential information management Delegations implementation


Tender Evaluation probity advice and assurance Contracts and plans


Source Selection and Board Reports Project Governance Probity
Offer Definition


Performance Management Frameworks  
Requirements definition industry briefings  
Successful/unsuccessful tenderer notifications Tender debriefs and complaints handling  
Negotiation directives, negotiation schedule and agenda    

Relevant Projects

Army Aviation Systems Project Office – Providing strategic contract and negotiation support to Army Aviation’s Multi-Role Helicopter in multinational negotiations regarding collective contracting support between NAHEMA (NATO Contracting Office representing NH90 global user group) and NatoHelicopter Industries (NH90 OEM).

Geospatial Intelligence Pty Ltd – Establishing standing arrangements for the provision of satellite and radar surveillance services to Local, State and Commonwealth Government entities; Intellectual property protection of internally developed technology including trademark advice and registration, patent application support; Provided specialist competition and consumer law advice and strategic advice and support in relation to potential mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; reviewed existing process, procedures and policies and making recommendations in relation to obtaining ISO accreditation.

Chief Information Officer Group – $1 billion Defence INSIGHT Program (a significant technology-enabled business transformation program responding to the 2015 First Principles Review to deliver enabling services for informed decisions, measure performance, provide timely, credible, traceable and relevant management information).

OneSKY Project – Led all commercial, procurement and legal activities for the acquisition, development and delivery of Australia’s next generation air traffic management automation solution including the development of key procurement and legal documentation for the development and release of the OneSKY RFT.  RFT developed and released on time and on budget.

Air Warfare Destroyer Program – Developed procurement frameworks and tender documentation for major combat systems elements including Acquisition Strategies, Tender Evaluation Plans and Negotiation Mandates and debriefing unsuccessful tenderers, evaluation of responses and source selection and conducting parallel negotiations and assisting with contract management and disputes.

University of South Australia: Established legal frameworks and establishment documentation for the setup of:

  • the Centre of Excellence in Defence & Industry Systems Capability for the management of government funding worth $4.7million;
  • the Australian Mineral Science Research Institute for $8.6 million; and
  • the Mawson Institute for Advanced Manufacturing for the management of $8million.