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Capability Framework

Every job or function can be described in terms of key human capabilities. This means that they can be used for all forms of assessment and evaluation, including performance appraisal, training needs analysis, recruitment and career planning and development.

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About Capabilities

A capability is an attribute, knowledge, skill, ability or other characteristic that contributes to a person’s effectiveness.

Human capabilities are observable and measurable ‘soft skills’ (e.g., teamwork, cooperation or communication). They can be cognitive or behavioural in nature.

Across the world, businesses and governments have established different capability names, numbers and descriptions to serve as a common language for what people need to do in different functions – such as manage our jobs, our homes, or our lives in general.

How it Works

The 31 human capabilities that form the default framework of the AbilityMap system fall into 8 groups that broadly define all the human things people do in work. AbilityMap has leveraged the Australian government’s capability grouping and associated research.


Planning & Organising


Managing People

Team Work

Initiative & Enterprise

Problem Solving


The importance of Capabilities to Business Performance


Capabilities are critical in the evaluation of individuals and teams


They provide a simple way to describe what people need in work


They are effective at specifying the capabilities required for different roles or functions


Capability insights identify where human capital investment is needed and how to optimise its return.

The secret to increasing productivity and employee satisfaction is understanding the human capabilities that enable someone to be successful. To find out how to do that, give us a call. 

“Like many large organisations, Federal and State governments have developed unique Capability Frameworks to evaluate candidates and their workforces.  AbilityMap’s innovative platform enables me to evaluate and present executive candidates against these frameworks and in the language my customers speak.” 

Nick Chandler

Chandler Executive Consulting

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