Downer expands its footprint in Defence



Downer’s footprint in the Defence sector has been expanded with the acquisition of AGIS, a professional services and engineering company.

AGIS provides project management, systems engineering and integration, and capability development advice to a range of government agencies including the Department of Defence, Australian Defence Force and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

AGIS was founded in 2008 and employs more than 70 people, including those with subject matter expertise in specialised Defence fields.

The CEO of Engineering, Construction and Maintenance, Brendan Petersen, said the acquisition represents a significant opportunity for the two companies to combine skills and experience in the Defence sector.

“Defence represents a growth business sector for Downer with significant opportunities in the pipeline over the next 10 to 20 years that fit well within our current capabilities,” he said.

“The Defence sector will continue to be a growth market for the foreseeable future and Downer, with its strong track record in the delivery of Defence projects in Australia and New Zealand, is well placed to take a meaningful role.

“AGIS adds to Downer its historical knowledge and relationships with the Department of Defence and other important government agencies. AGIS’s technical service ‘smarts’, together with its military credentials, has allowed them to establish themselves as a trusted advisor inside Defence and government, providing both customer-side services and program delivery on major capital projects such as the replacement of deployable wide area networks and test facilities to support the new submarine fleet.

“We are excited about the opportunities created by this new partnership and look forward to continued growth in the future.”

AGIS will retain its brand and the management and operation of the business will remain in place.


Left to right: Andrew Foster, EGM Engineering and Technology; Brett Sangster, EGM Defence; Troy Huckstepp, AGIS Director; Joel Deans, AGIS Director; and Brendan Petersen, CEO Engineering, Construction and Maintenance.