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Designing a Capability Development Framework for Home Affairs

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Technical Report

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RAND Corporation Santa Monica United States

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The Department of Home Affairs hereafter referred to as the Department and the Australian Border Force ABF are seeking to establish an auditable, transparent and evidence-based approach to a Capability Lifecycle Management Model CLMM that is flexible enough to meet the needs both of the Department and, potentially, of the Home Affairs Portfolio. To accomplish that goal, in May 2018 the Department of Home Affairs and ABF Capability Review was initiated and RAND Australia was engaged to undertake a Capability Framework and Development Review. The intent of RANDs review is to consider and critically evaluate the CLMM as a whole, and then formulate a detailed framework for the first four phases of the model strategic planning, capability requirement, capability definition and investment decision. To establish the maturity of the capability lifecycle management system within Home Affairs and to identify lessons, best practices, gaps and opportunities, RAND researchers conducted over 50 interviews with relevant Australian government officials, studied 14 capability development projects both domestic and international, and undertook an extensive review of the key policy and capability development literature. The research team conducted interviews with and obtained key capability lifecycle documents from the Department, ABF, Victoria Police, Australian Department of Defence, the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, UK Home Office, UK Cabinet Office, UK Ministry of Defence, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Defense. Based on our research, RAND developed a set of descriptions, characteristics and definitions related to the CLMM that have been tailored to the Home Affairs context. In this report, the RAND researchers make 12 observations on the current approach to capability development within the Department and ABF.

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  • Sociology and Law
  • Administration and Management
  • Civil Defense

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