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Occupation Specific Capability Sets

Occupation specific capability sets are designed to be used with the NSW Public Sector Capability Framework to provide a fuller description of the capabilities required to perform in a professional role.

These sets generally apply to roles above entry level but below agency head. This is because specialised knowledge, skills and abilities are rarely required for either entry level roles or agency head roles.

Occupation specific capability sets are available for these professions

Agencies may use their own occupation specific capability sets or external frameworks (such as cross-jurisdictional standards or those offered by professional associations). They should, however, be used in conjunction with the Capability Framework. Agencies should use the core capabilities from the Capability Framework where there are overlaps with other frameworks.

Generally, a role should use capabilities from only one occupation specific capability set. The capabilities should relate to the main profession or job family.

  • The capability levels in the occupation specific sets show a progressive increase in complexity. The capability levels do not correspond to grade. They will vary depending on the functions of the role—the capabilities at the highest level are not intended to apply exclusively to roles at the highest grade.

    The capability levels also do not correspond directly with the five capability levels in the Capability Framework. The indicators at the base level often show more complex behaviours than those contained at the foundational level in the Capability Framework. This takes into account the specialised knowledge, skills and abilities developed through education, training and work experience.

  • Behavioural indicators describe the type of behaviour expected for each capability. They also help to show what effective performance looks like at each level of complexity. The behavioural indicators are indicative—they are not an exhaustive list. Not every indicator is relevant to every role.

See more about using occupation specific capability sets