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Australia invests $8M for its cyber security professionals

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The Government has invested over $8 million in projects that will improve the skills and availability of Australia’s cyber security professionals.

These projects will help in introducing students to training and career pathways in cyber security. They will also create job-ready professionals through industry traineeships and work experience programs. 

The eight successful projects are funded under round one of the $70 million Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund.  

Through the funding, La Trobe University will be able to raise awareness among their 80,000 high school students on cyber security skills and training opportunities. The program also partners with major industry players to help small businesses grow their skills. 

The other projects sharing the $8 million funding are the following: 

  • An Australian Cyber Security Growth Network-led project to develop a practical Cyber Security Traineeship program to support about 200 participants into a cyber security career. 
  • A Central Regional TAFE-led project to improve the number and quality of cyber security trained professionals including women in regional and remote locations in Western Australia. 
  • A CSIRO-led project to up-skill SME leaders and early career researchers in cyber security innovation and provide 100 university students with work experience. 
  • A RightCrowd-led project offering post-graduate training with Griffith University and commercial internships providing on-the-job exposure. 
  • A TasTAFE-led project to establish a Cyber Innovation Training Hub offering virtual and face-to-face training with a strong focus on industry experience and needs. 
  • A NSW Treasury-led project delivering a six-week cyber security work experience program with TAFE NSW and businesses for year 10 students.  
  • Grok Academy is partnering school, vocational and university students with major industry players to develop their cyber security skills. 

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Christian Porter said the country’s cyber security workforce is expected to grow by about 7000 over the next three years. This growth encouraged the Government to strengthen training and career pathways in the sector. 

“We know that it is vital for industry, education providers and governments to work together if we are to support and grow our critical cyber security workforce,” Minister Porter said.  

“These projects will help inspire the next generation to consider a cyber security career, as well helping to build industry capability, with experts in the field sharing their knowledge directly with small businesses.” 

With the Government committed to keeping Australians secure online, growing the nation’s cyber skills was a key part of the $1.67 billion Cyber Security Strategy 2020.  

“We need a strong cyber security workforce in Australia to meet the increasing scale and sophistication of cyber threats,” Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said.  

“Projects funded under the Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund will help grow our workforce to ensure a safe online environment for all Australians.” 


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