Capability Systems

Capability is the ability to complete specific courses of action. Organisations develop capability and use capability systems not only to compete in today’s market, but to remain unique.

Our research at the Capability Systems Centre focuses on the shortfalls in the methodologies, tools and techniques for developing capability. Our work in this area is crucial, as little research on the actual development of capability exists.

We apply our world-class academic expertise to the development, acquisition and sustainment of capability throughout the life cycle of any asset. This can be for any organisation or project at any stage. We can help with construction, supply chain management, workforce planning, predictive modelling and with the implementation of new tools such as machine learning.

Capability Systems Research

Our programs bring together researchers from different complementary disciplines. We seek to fill significant knowledge gaps to help Defence, government and industry develop and apply more effective solutions throughout their whole asset life cycles within complex environments.

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Capability Systems

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Start your career journey at the undergraduate level with one of our world-class degrees. You’ll gain the theoretical understanding and practical experience needed to launch your career in a wide range of industries.  

We provide the best teacher-to-student ratio in Australia and access to unique partnerships with Defence and defence industries.

Explore our study options and discover the degree that’s right for you.

Expand your knowledge and expertise with one of our postgraduate coursework degrees. 

We offer a range of flexible, online programs that can be completed in as little as one year.

We’re at the forefront of many new developments and offer superior programs and research opportunities.

Earn a highly respected and internationally recognised qualification and work with leading academics and researchers in your chosen field.

Our flexible short courses are the perfect way to upskill or revamp your knowledge. 

We know you’re juggling other commitments, so we offer flexible study options to help you take the next step in your career. 


Access Our Expertise

Whether you’re with Defence, government or industry we can help underpin all your capability decisions with robust research, assurance support and quality education. We are a member of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) research intensive universities with a global reputation for outstanding research capabilities and teaching.

We work alongside your organisation, in whatever domain that may be and at any stage of the capability life cycle. This could be in the initial exploratory phase, when you are defining your needs and requirements. Or it could be in the development of an integrated logistic support plan. 

Contact us with your research question or to discuss assurance activities and education opportunities.

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An Integrated Defence Focus

UNSW Canberra proudly educates Australia’s future military leaders—but we also strengthen national defence and security through our relationships with the Australian Defence Force and defence industries.

Our Defence Research Institute (DRI) aims to sustain Defence’s competitive operational advantage in support of Australia’s sovereign interests.

Explore how our wide-ranging research generates disruptive capabilities and delivers multidisciplinary solutions to complex defence and security problems. 

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