The Sovereign Supply Chain Hub forms part of ASC’s commitment to increase the participation of Australian Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the Collins Class Submarine Program and ASC’s future programs.
ASC’s supplier selection criteria assist in ensuring the Collins Class fleet consistently meets the Royal Australian Navy’s requirements for quality and performance.
Information contained in the below video and links on this page will assist Australian SMEs to prepare for working with ASC.
Businesses are invited to express their interest in becoming an ASC supplier through the online form below, after considering the areas of opportunity and documents relevant to their product(s).
Suppliers of submarine related services or parts to ASC must maintain an effective Quality Management System based on the requirements of ISO 9001.
ASC’s supply chain partners need to share ASC’s commitment to meeting the Royal Australian Navy’s requirements for quality, technical performance and on-time delivery throughout ASC’s supply chain. This can be attained through supplier flexibility, supported by the implementation of continuous improvement initiatives and business continuity plans.
ASC operates under Australia’s Defence Security Principles Framework and requires its vendors to comply with Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) requirements, commensurate with the level of information the business will be handling.
To determine the level of DISP your business requires, please refer to:
Cyber security incidents are an increasing threat to all businesses.
It is important that suppliers who are interested in providing goods and services to ASC are cyber resilient and follow the guidance provided by the Australian Signals Directorate.
Valuable resources to help businesses minimise their risk of cyber security breaches can be found at the:
ASC engages suppliers through various methods depending on complexity, criticality and purpose of the supplies or services sought. ASC utilises a contract based on the Australian Standard for Defence Contracting (ASDEFCON) suite of documents for the majority of its project requirements. Other goods are purchased using ASC’s standard purchase order terms and conditions.
The Australian Government’s Office of Defence Industry Support can assist small businesses connect, build, innovate and export products and services. Its services include:
- Providing specialist business advice to increase the competitiveness of Australian defence SMEs, to enable them to integrate into supply chains and become competitive suppliers.
- Providing links to Defence procurement programs.
- Providing links to Defence end users.
- Assisting SMEs work with end users and within existing Defence programs.
- Providing grants to help SMEs grow their capacity to support Defence needs.
Registering to become an ASC supplier
Businesses are invited to register their interest to supply goods or services to support ASC’s activities. Please click on the work category (below left) that best describes your product/s and/or services, consider the required documentation and complete the Supplier Form.
Diesels Main Power Propulsion & Consumables
Includes goods and services for the existing power train of the Collins Class submarine, such as engine components and electrical services.