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About Team Downer MSP

What is Team Downer?

Team Downer is one of four Major Service Providers (MSPs) to the Department of Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) – tasked with the acquisition and sustainment of the Australian Defence Force capabilities, equipment, and services. Team Downer provides above the line services to CASG, providing crucial expertise, resource capabilities and specialised skills to deliver on behalf of the Sponsor authority. 

The MSP model

The MSP model enables greater strategic engagement and management of ‘above the line’ services, providing increased visibility and control over market engagement and service delivery whilst freeing up CASG and Commonwealth personnel to focus on their capability realisation.

A key feature of the MSP model is that it encourages healthy competition in the market, including fostering a viable and vibrant small to medium enterprise (SME) sector – enabling Australian SMEs to gain access to work in the Defence supply chain that they may not otherwise be able access.

Team Downer delivers the following services: 

  • Strategic Partner services including assisting the Commonwealth with workforce planning and management, industry and supply chain development and management, workforce development, and work package planning and development. 
  • Capability Partner services work primarily with CASG Centres of Excellence and provide an agreed annual level of effort in relation to pre-Gate Zero and immediately post-Gate Zero tasks. Gate Zero is a step in the Defence Capability Lifecycle. 
  • Integrated Work Package services deliver larger and more complex work for CASG Domains and Centres of Excellence.

What is the benefit to Australian SMEs?

SMEs with Team Downer, are able to access work opportunities in CASG due to Team Downer’s position as an approved MSP with existing relationships. These opportunities can be difficult for SMEs to access if they are not on the relevant Defence panel. 

Engagement with Team Downer is free – there are no costs to register or to leverage opportunities with us.

Our partners


Downer Group

The Downer Group is the leading provider of integrated services in Australia and New Zealand. We are committed to building strong relationships with our customers and our people.

Downer Professional Services is the latest evolution of the trusted nation and capability building services offered by Downer Group and Downer Defence.

Downer Professional Services provides critical support and advice to the Australian Government, Defence and National Security agencies across specialist program management, ICT, security, systems engineering, asset management engineering, strategic planning and assurance services.



Systra is one of the world’s leading engineering consultancy firms. An established service provider across the full Defence capability lifecycle, Systra prides itself on the ability to provide flexible, scalable solutions that adapt to the evolving needs of the Commonwealth. Systra brings a global strength in transport and complex systems engineering solutions to the Defence landscape to help respond to dynamic changes in critical infrastructure. 



Providence Consulting is an Australian veteran-owned professional services provider, and has delivered services and specialisations to defence, government, and industry since 2005. Founded in Canberra, and operating nationally Providence is guided by an ethical, and unique approach to consulting, and has built a reputation as an authentic capability partner.

Three Pillar Philosophy

Fair trade

Establishing a fair commercial environment to support SME business growth, while providing the barrier-free access to opportunities without the usual fees or subscriptions.

SME enfranchisement

Fostering an environment of continuous service delivery improvement where SMEs can develop and grow. Partnering with and supporting SMEs to build strength and depth into Defence’s strategic industrial capability to satisfy the pipeline of new Defence work into the future.

Industry investment

Building the capabilities of the SME community with business advice, skills and learning investment, and the professionalisation of your business and your people.

Team Downer Affiliates

Our ‘Three Pillar Philosophy’ is underpinned by affiliations with professional bodies within key industry associations. These affiliations ensure delivery of industry leading standards in professional development and training to support world class capability to the Australian Defence Force.