Defence Base Services

ESS takes pride in the services we deliver to the Department of Defence across Australia.  We deliver millions of meals, connect community experiences and bring our social purpose and sustainability programs to ADF members everyday.

We’re passionate about delivering great life-on-base experiences. Our focus is on people, community and wellness. All of which is delivered through our food services and maintaining highest-standards in the facilities we manage.

We have been a base service contractor to the ADF for more than 18 years. In that time we have provided catering and meal services into Defence messes, meals away from messes including troops training in the field, essential rations, fine dining and functions for military celebrations. Each year we deliver more than 8.5 million meals across 34 bases with a team of more than 1,000 chefs and hospitality service professionals.

Defence support services
Programs and Awards
Defence Mess staff member Stocking Fruit

DefenceLife is our specially developed program that supports the needs of members and brings innovation to living on base experiences. Together with our onsite teams, ESS has been running our DefenceLife program since 2018. We look at our services and the needs of the ADF today and tomorrow to innovate and enhance on base living. Achieved through our culinary services, mess renovations, community programs and more.

ESS awarded Defence Award

Awarded Department of Defence Base Services Contractor of the Year 2020.

Click here to read more.

Additional Base Services

ESS works closely with DeltaFM a facilities specialist division of Compass Group. DeltaFM are also a long-standing contracted partner to the Department of Defence. In particular, servicing accommodation on base in the Single Living Environment Accommodation Precinct (LEAP) across 17 bases. They currently manage 4,412 rooms across LEAP and deliver:

  • Concierge services and Accommodation Management
  • Facilities Maintenance
  • House Keeping
  • Waste Management
  • Utilities Management
  • Grounds and Gardens
  • Linen And Laundry
  • Pest Control
  • Security services to high and medium level security facilities.

You can read more on DeltaFM here.