Purpose of Request for Information (RFI)


The military seaboat is considered an essential enabler of maritime capability. A military seaboat is a ship’s boat launched and recovered from a warship or submarine for the purpose of conducting naval operations at sea . This capability supports the rescue and recovery of personnel from the water, transfer of personnel and stores, and constabulary tasking and force protection.

The contributions will be used by Defence to determine a baseline level of Australian Industry Capability (AIC) for military seaboats and identify opportunities to increase Australian Industry content across the various stages of the military seaboats capability lifecycle stages including:

  • design
  • manufacture
  • assembly
  • sustainment (preventative and corrective maintenance, and supply of spares and consumables)

Defence also seeks to identify the technical readiness levels of Australian Industry to meet its seaboat availability requirements.

Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group’s (CASG) First Assistant Secretary Ships, Sheryl Lutz, said the four-week Request for Information (RFI) would help inform procurement options for Australian-manufactured seaboats.

The RFI will help CASG determine a baseline level of Australian Industry Content to inform future seaboat procurements across the Royal Australian Navy, Ms Lutz said. The objectives of the RFI include establishing what Australian industry capabilities currently exist, and could potentially be developed, to design, manufacture and support seaboats for the RAN.


First Assistant Secretary Ships, Sheryl Lutz

Industry briefing


Defence would normally host industry briefings around the country for such a significant RFI, however, given the current government guidelines around COVID-19 and mass gatherings a pre-recorded industry briefing has been made available.

RFI details


Details of the RFI are available on AusTender.

Vendors will need to be registered on AusTender to access the full detail of the RFI.

The RFI closes at 2pm (AEST) Thursday 30 April 2020.