16 August - UNSW Canberra

Dealing with complexity is a key challenge with system acquisition becoming highly interdependent with other capabilities (existing and emerging), rapid technological advancement, and greater emergence associated with end-user needs. To cater for complexity we need to ensure our project management approach caters for requirements emergence, technological uncertainty, and multiple stakeholder needs. The seminar begins with an overview of complexity, challenges associated with traditional approaches to dealing with complexity, and best practice approaches for dealing with complex projects.


10 - 11 October 2017

The Force Design Division of the Australian Defence Headquarters, in partnership with the Capability Systems Centre at the University of New South Wales in Canberra (UNSW Canberra), presents the inaugural Force Design Conference.

Force Design 2017 (#FD17) will deliver focused presentations from Defence Senior Leaders and key executive staff responsible for assessing the current force, and designing a balanced and affordable future force, in order to provide the Government of Australia a capable, agile and potent Joint Force.

#FD17 will outline the way Defence conducts force design as part of the new Capability Life Cycle and highlight key linkages to industry and academia through the Defence Capability Assessment Program (DCAP). The Conference will also include updates on Defence Innovation priorities and the development of the Sovereign Industry Capability framework.


Helping you keep your head above water while obtaining a higher research degree. The DON’T DROWN conference provides guidance and speaking opportunities to postgraduates in Humanities and Social Sciences from all Canberra universities. DON’T DROWN is an opportunity to present a paper in a protected and collegial environment. DON’T DROWN will also help attendees gain better control of their study, understand career opportunities, network, and raise profiles.

9-10 November 2017

The University of New South Wales in Canberra (UNSW Canberra) and the Capability Systems Centre presents the second annual Counter Non-Traditional Threats Conference and Exhibition (Counter-NTT). 

Counter-NTT is targeted at those who have an interest in countering the non-traditional and improvised threats from chemicals, biological hazards, radiation, nuclear, toxic industrial chemicals and materials, explosives, pandemics and other hazardous materials. Counter-NTT is aimed at decision makers, operational staff and practitioners alike from Defence, government, academia, defence industry, other government agencies, emergency services and health organisations

UNSW Canberra and the Capability Systems Centre will host the 2017 ATSOC/CTMC Alumni Function on 16 November 2017 at the Hyatt Hotel Canberra.

Event Details

Date: 16 November 2017

Time: 1800h for 1830h  

Location: Lavender Courtyard and Terrace, Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Cost: $60 per head

Dress: Suit

Guests: The 2017 Alumni Dinner is unaccompanied.

Registration: Online registration and payment is available here.

PARARI 2017: Australian Explosive Ordnance Safety Symposium is an international explosive ordnance safety symposium hosted jointly by the Australian Department of Defence Directorate of Ordnance Safety, Thales and the Capability Systems Centre. The Conference welcomes delegates from around the globe to discuss a broad range of explosives, munitions and weapons safety topics.

When: 21-23 November 2017

Where: UNSW Canberra

28 September 2017

Systems thinking and modelling is an interdisciplinary field which cuts across many scientific fields (e.g. decision science, systems science, and computer science), and whose applications are widely used in several decision contexts (e.g. project management, healthcare). This conference will bring together researchers and practitioners working across the various research aspects and applications of systems thinking and modelling. The aim is to provide a forum for exchanging ideas about the recent advancements in the field, and transferable lessons for using a systems approach to address complex problems. The conference welcomes submissions covering various aspects related to the research and practice of systems thinking and modelling, including theoretical, methodological, and application issues.