The Capability Systems Centre at UNSW Canberra is a centre of research excellence focused on a range of disciplines related to capability systems development, acquisition and sustainment; including systems engineering, systems thinking and modelling, systems science, requirements engineering, complex systems and project management.
The principal focus of the centre is to address shortfalls in research in methodologies, tools and techniques for developing capability. We do this through our cutting-edge research and analysis, publications, education, and events; combining world-class academic expertise across a range of disciplinary areas.
The centre is able to provide cutting edge research and assurance support to systems engineers, business analysts, executives or project, program and portfolio managers in Defence, government and industry.
The centre offers the following services:
The Centre provides comprehensive and independent assurance to project/program managers or for contestability purposes. These structured assessments focus on project management, technical, business and innovation aspects of capability development or acquisition activities. The assessments can be undertaken at various levels of abstraction depending on where the project/program is in the lifecycle or based on the outcome sought.
Research and independent advice
The Centre offers a comprehensive research and advice service to underpin capability and business decisions. This service provides support to risk reduction activities across the capability life cycle for a project or program through facilitated workshops, modelling and simulation research and ‘above the line’ independent reviews and advice.
Education, training and events
One of the Centre’s roles is to provide avenues to share information relevant to the development, acquisition and sustainment of capabilities, whether that is through technical papers at one of our conferences or through our experts delivering professional education short courses and postgraduate programs.
How to engage the centre
The Capability Systems Centre is able to provide comprehensive assurance, research and education & training services to organisations in any domain in any stage of the capability life cycle. Our research and assurance effort is tailored to support decision making across the capability life cycle, whether in the initial exploratory phase, defining needs and requirements or development of the integrated logistic support plan.
How to engage the centre’s services
The Centre’s services can be accessed by Defence, government and industry to underpin capability decisions with robust research, assurance and education.
The first step is to contact the centre so that the research question, assurance activities or education opportunities, and associated cost and schedule, can be developed.
Once the services are agreed by both parties:
- Defence stakeholders can engage the Ccntre directly through the Defence agreements manager at the Australian Defence Force Academy as a variation to the Defence/UNSW Canberra contract or as a purchase order.
- Government and industry stakeholders can engage the centre using a purchase order.