What is the Capability Framework?
The Capability Framework is a set of capabilities that are required of all NSW public sector employees at every level and in every organisation, like the knowledge, skill and ability to communicate effectively, manage self, and plan and prioritise.
Different roles require different levels of proficiency in each of the capabilities, and for each role there will be a set of ‘focus capabilities’ – or capabilities that are fundamentally important to the role.
We use the Capability Framework for a range of purposes, including to create role descriptions, recruit and develop staff, manage performance, and promote mobility across the sector.
Discovering your capabilities
We have created the Capability Discovery Tool to help you reflect on your capabilities and how they compare to the roles you’re aspiring to.
You can complete the exercise as a self-reflection, or you can ask a manager, co-worker or peer to provide their perspective on your capability levels. Once you’re done, you will be given a report which provides some advice on ways you can develop your capabilities to get to where you want to go.
Here’s how it works:
- STEP 1: Choose the capabilities and levels you want to consider
You can take these out of a role description for a NSW Government role you’d like to apply for.
- STEP 2: Reflect on your capabilities
Consider how you perform against a list of behavioural indicators (e.g. ‘understand the importance of customer service’) and indicate whether you meet or exceed this indicator, or whether you require development.
- STEP 3: Get other perspectives
Invite your manager, co-workers or peers to complete the exercise for you so you can get a better picture of where you are excelling, and where you need development.
- STEP 4: Download your report
Your report will show where you consider your capabilities lie, and provide some practical tips on how you can keep improving and progress in your career. When your manager or colleagues complete the exercise, they will receive a copy of the report to discuss with you.