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In 2005, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) implemented DEF(AUST)1000C  which articulates the standards for the marking of Defence Materiel using a Unique Item Identifier (UII).  This standard covers both items in use by the RAN, Australian Army, RAAF and Contractors to the ADF. Examples of items covered by DEF(AUST)1000C include, ammunition, explosives, non-commercial foodstuffs, POL, vehicles, small craft, clothing, arms, armament, telecommunications equipment and systems. This page shows suppliers how to comply with DEF(AUST)1000C.

Quick Compliance Guide:

What Is DEF(AUST)1000C?

The ADF’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) established DEF(AUST)1000C to standardize the application of Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) to Defence packaging and Defence materiel. The standard addresses the use of bar codes and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). It aligns with NATO’s Standardization Agreement 2290 (STANAG 2290) which defines requirements for Item Unique Identification (IUID).

Assigning and marking each item with a permeant, globally-unique, Unique Item Identifier (UID) allows the ADF to track and trace an unlimited amount of associated information such as configuration, maintenance history, address order number, contents, weight sender, serial batch or lot number.

DEF(AUST)1000C requires that assets supplied by OEMs and other Contractors to have a permeant and indelible mark which is globally-unique, item-specific identifier prior to receipt. Failure to comply can cause shipment rejection and or non-payment. UID marks are can also be referred to as UID labels, military labels, defence labels, ADF labels or DEF(AUST)1000C labels.

IUID standards like DEF(AUST)1000C ultimately have four parts: data, two-dimensional data matrix, physical mark and registration. To comply with DEF(AUST)1000C select a supplier who has an understanding of all four areas of the Standard. For example…
  • The data (also referred to as an Unique Item Identifier or UII) must be globally unique. To achieve this each supplier is issued its own unique CAGE code and required to ensure uniqueness within its own supplied items using serial and/or part numbers.
  • The two-dimensional data matrix must be ISO 15434 and for formatted in a very specific alpha-numeric construct.
  • The physical mark must be “as permanent as the normal life expectancy of the item and be capable of withstanding the environmental test and cleaning procedures specified for the item to which it is affixed.” All marks should be validated using a verifier or an imager prior to attachment. Verification reports should be retained.
  • After marking, the UII associated with the mark must also be registered in the ADF’s UID registry database.
How to Comply with DEF(AUST)1000C?

If your item of supply (NATO Stock Number/NSN) already has an marking specification approved by the ADF (search here to see if it does), then you may simply register new UIIs and purchase labels for your upcoming delivery. If your NSN/asset class does not have an approved marking spec, you may apply to have one created here.

Compliance Process Flow Chart:
Value Beyond Compliance

The value of DEF(AUST)1000C for both the ADF and its suppliers is significant. UID can be used to manage and report requirements of Export Controls such as International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Defense Trade Co-operation Treaty (DTCT). UID also enables warfighter readiness and safety by giving the sailor, soldier and airman/women access to asset-specific data such as location, ownership, repair history, maintenance instructions and significantly establishes a common data key (i.e. the UII) for information systems to collect, manage and share data related to that serialised asset enabling many more benefits. To leverage this value from your investment in UID, consider implementing asset management application such as AssetFactor.

Common Pitfalls

Physical Mark Failure:

One of the most common mistakes suppliers make is to affix a plastic or paper label to asset that will see demanding environmental conditions such as sunlight, abrasion or chemical exposure. When the U.S. implemented UID it commissioned a study that evaluated 73 different marking technologies across 8 operating environments. Whether your purchase pre-printed labels or print your own, be certain that you select a material proven to last in whatever conditions your asset will endure. And don’t forget attachment – a durable label with the wrong adhesive will simply fall off – bringing your asset out of compliance.

Improper Data, Format:

DEF(AUST)1000C requires your data be both unique and meet certain format requirements within ISO 15434 complaint data matrix mark.  A proper Unique Item Identifier (UII) will include the CAGE code, Original Part Number and Serial Number. Once encoded in the ISO 15434 complaint data matrix mark, the data must meet formatting requirements of DEF(AUST)1000C.

Want Help?

Camcode Global has physically marked and registered over 3M assets across 1,000 NSNs in 15 countries. We currently hold the enabling UID implementation contract for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence and the Australian Commonwealth Defence Force. Camcode Global helps organizations and their suppliers comply with DEF(AUST)1000C through these services:

  • Inventory Reconciliation ~ we verify data on the assets you already manage for the UK MoD.
  • Data Cleansing & Quality Assurance ~ we generate Def Stan 05-132 compliant UID data.
  • Label Engineering & Design Specification ~ we develop a Def Stan 05-132 compliant marking specification for your asset class/NSN. Especially valuable when sourcing parts for multiple locations/suppliers.
  • Database Registration ~ we submit new asset data into the UK MoD’s UID Registry.
  • Label Installation ~ we go on-site to one or more locations to label assets for you.

Click here to see examples of the solutions Camcode Global has delivered to military organizations and their suppliers.


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