Defence Capability Management – Fundamentals

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2 days

Delivery mode

Hybrid, In-Person or Online


UNSW Canberra City Campus

Standard price


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This course introduces the fundamental behaviours, principles, concepts and framework of the Australian Defence Organisations Capability Policy. The course provides the foundation knowledge for participants to understand the Defence Capability Framework and operate in a Capability Development, Delivery, Sustainment or Disposal position. As part of a broader suite of Capability Courses, this course sets the fundamental knowledge necessary to progress to intermediate and advanced courses.

No prior knowledge is assumed.

Course content

Providing the right capability involves addressing a complex and dynamic set of issues.​

The objective of Defence’s capability processes is to provide Government with a set of capabilities that include the most appropriate options to address its strategic priorities within the available resources, and the flexibility to adjust over time to meet emerging challenges.​

Understanding the Framework​

  • Fundamental Inputs to Capability
  • Capability Program Architecture
  • Relationships with Government
  • Capability Management​

Understanding roles​

  • Joint Force Authority
  • Capability Managers
  • Domain Leads
  • Program, Project and Product Sponsors
  • Program, Project and Product Delivery Managers
  • Contestability​

Understanding phases​

  • Strategy and Concepts
  • Risk Mitigation and Requirement Setting
  • Acquisition
  • In-Service and Disposal


  • Group exercises to reinforce the concepts discussed in the course.

The course ends with a multiple choice application exercise.

Learning outcomes

Skills/competencies/knowledge that would be gained through this course:
  • PMKEYS Proficiency: P125256 – Capability Management Introduction*
  • Masters credit: UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of approved professional education courses to use those courses as credit towards eligible postgraduate programs
  • Members of the Australian Institute of Project Management can earn CPD points (2 points per hour) in the Category of B08 – Knowledge*

Who should attend

This introductory course is for anyone who is new to Defence Capability positions or an industry professional seeking to understand the Defence Capability Framework. The content in this course can be applied to a range of industry sectors with a forward-thinking major Capability requirement including Defence, other government, infrastructure, transport, mining, construction and more.


Daniel Lord

Daniel Lord is a Defence and Defence Industry Specialist. He has served in Defence as a Warfare Officer in the Royal Australian Navy, in the Single Service and Joint environments, and in Defence Industry across Modelling and Simulation, Data Analytics, Project and Program Management, Governance, Strategy Development and Capability Design, Delivery and Management.

He holds a Master of Project Management from the UNSW, Master of Leadership and Management in Education and a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts from the University of Newcastle. As a Defence professional he is a Principal Warfare Officer and Force Warfare Officer with the Royal Australian Navy, specialising in Surface/Sub-Surface and Information Warfare.

He is an Industry Fellow with the USW Capability Systems Centre. His research and teaching interests include systems thinking, modelling and simulation, risk aware approaches to complex decision making and capability requirement design. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Leaders and Managers, Associate Fellow of the Nautical Institute and Member within both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Project Management by which he is accredited as a Certified Practicing Project Director/Program Manager.

Cancellation policy

Courses will be held subject to sufficient registrations. UNSW Canberra reserves the right to cancel a course up to five working days prior to commencement of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will have the opportunity to transfer your registration or be issued a full refund. If registrant cancels within 10 days of course commencement, a 50% registration fee will apply. UNSW Canberra is a registered ACT provider under ESOS Act 2000-CRICOS provider Code 00098G.