Supporting Australia's sovereign defence capability

Our advisors are mission focused. We actively support various government departments through a range of commercial, project management and technical services, aiming to outcomes. With the end-state in mind, we also have the ability to bring wholly integrated, multi-skilled teams into a project to drive success, measured by time, budget and capability.

With our service backgrounds, our team are passionate about Australian Defence capability.

Our specialist advisers have a depth of experience from their time in the ADF or in government, and have since worked across numerous markets in industry.

A diversity and depth of skill sets are a pre-requisite to being a part of the McR Defence team. For our Defence & Government clients, we are focused on the strategic objective, ensuring that we deliver high value services. In this way, we aim to contribute to the National Security framework.

For our Defence Industry clients, we equally focus on value, but also in building Defence-Readiness.

Leveraging our Defence pedigree with unique access to a national law firm, McR Defence offers the following high value services to Defence, Government & Defence Industry.

Strategic Commercial Advisory
  • Designing and implementing Defence market strategies
  • Building Defence Readiness
  •  Performance and improvement management
  • Risk management
  • Access to government grants and funding
Commercial Management:
  • Expert commercial & contracts management
  • Governance, risk & compliance
  • Company secretariat function
  • Probity & procurement management
  • Subject Matter Expertise for Defence tenders
  • Commercial training & evaluation (including the full suite of contracting models such as the Commonwealth Contracting Suite, ASEFCON and Suite of Facilities Contract)
  • Project controls, including cost engineering and scheduling
Capital Markets:
  • Market intelligence and strategies for optimal structuring/ restructuring
  • Access to capital markets
  • End-to-end M&A advice (sell & buy side)
  • Commercial, legal and market due diligence
  • Strategic positioning for future investment
Regulatory risk & compliance:
  • Export controls, ITAR & licencing regimes
  • Counterterrorism & anti-money laundering (AML)
  • Cyber security and data protection
  • Physical security compliance
  • Privacy
  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • Labour Hire Licencing
Security & Infrastructure:
  • Managing the accreditation for the Defence Industry Security Program (DISP)
  • Design, development of market entry strategies and project win themes
  • Stakeholder mapping and engagement
  • Pipeline development and targeting
  • Support to estate & infrastructure tenders, including
  • Project delivery support  
  • Disputes resolution
Defence & Government Advisory

The Defence & Government team works directly with the Commonwealth, Defence, and assists clients with:

Program/ Project Delivery Support:
  • Project and program management
  • Commercial management
  • Procurement advice
  • Project costing, scheduling & controls
Intelligence & Security:
  • ICT & Cyber Governance, Risk & Compliance
  • Cyber strategy and policy development
  • Physical security
  • Support to Intelligence Operations
  • Systems engineering
  • Software engineering
  • Tests, trials & evaluations
Enterprise Solutions:
  • Enterprise strategy planning
  • Infrastructure architecture
  • ICT solutions architecture
Legal Advisory (delivered with McCullough Robertson Lawyers)

Uniquely, we have the ability to provide full spectrum legal services through McCullough Robertson Lawyers. In this way, we offer end-to-end services to Defence, Government and Defence Industry across a range of specialties, including:

  • Intellectual Property & Data Protection
  • Workplace Health & Safety
  • Employment Relations
  • Commercial & Contracts
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Recent Projects

Defence Contractors

Designing and executing commercial strategies for Defence contractors (including Downer, Clough and Monadelphous), Defence primes (including Rheinmetall and Elbit Systems) and SMEs (including The Whiskey Project Group, Penten and Mirragin Consulting)

Private Equity Firms & High Net Worth Individuals

Providing ongoing assistance to numerous private equity firms and high net worth individuals to make investments in Defence & Infrastructure industry

Defence Industry & Not for Profit Organisations

Assisting Defence industry and not for profit organisations with commercial and legal proceedings for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide

Five V Capital

Advising private equity firm, Five V Capital on their $50 million investment into cyber security business, Penten

Hitachi Energy

Providing ongoing, long-term commercial and supply chain management services to energy and power grids organisation, Hitachi Energy

Defence SMEs

Assisting Defence SMEs to obtain Defence Industry Security Program (DISP) membership by reviewing security policies and frameworks to position organisation in favourable position for granting of DISP membership


Dispute resolution between a major Defence contractor and the Commonwealth on a $200M+ contract

APP Corporation

Providing strategic advice to develop Defence market share and capability to infrastructure firm, APP Corporation