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New national tertiary qualifications to tackle cyber crime


The Hon Angus Taylor MP
Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security

Today the Turnbull Government is launching two new tertiary qualifications to help protect businesses from cyber crime and drive a national industry of cyber security professionals.

The Australian cyber security industry has the potential to triple in size, with revenues climbing to at least $6 billion by 2026, from just over $2 billion today.

Supporting skills-based cyber security professionals in business, government and not-for-profit sectors is critical to Australia becoming cyber resilient in the modern digital economy.

Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security Angus Taylor and Assistant Minister for Vocational Education Karen Andrews today launched Australia’s first skills-based cyber security Certificate and Diploma-level qualifications, to be offered through TAFE colleges this year.

Minister Taylor said Australian businesses needed ‘ground-up’ initiatives, such as practical skills training, to protect themselves from cyber crime.

“The sad reality is that there are cyber crime threats to every phone and computer in Australia. With the rapid transformation of cyber crime, there is a risk that businesses, smaller businesses in particular, will say it’s all too hard,” Mr Taylor said.

“This is an important part of the Government’s plan to ensure a safe online environment for citizens and business and will help drive new jobs in a growing Australian industry.”

The Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (AustCyber) estimates Australian businesses will need at least 11,000 additional employees over the next decade to meet existing demand for cyber security skills. AustCyber is an industry-led and government-funded not-for-profit company that is part of the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Assistant Minister Andrews encouraged people to consider studying the new courses that are an example of how important vocational education is to providing the skilled workforce Australia needs for the future.

“A number of Australian businesses, who have helped to develop these qualifications, have already indicated they will be employing graduates from these courses,” Ms Andrews said.

“The Certificate IV in Cyber Security and Advanced Diploma offered through TAFE add to the wide array of great career opportunities available through vocational education, apprenticeships and traineeships.”

The qualifications have been developed in close collaboration with industry partners, including the National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, ANZ Bank, nbnco, Cisco Australia and New Zealand, REA Group, BAE Systems, Telstra, Deloitte, the Australian Information Security Association, ISACA and CITT.

The Certificate IV in Cyber Security 22334VIC and Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security 22445VIC courses are practical, non-degree courses that students can complete on-the-job. They are available for enrolment at Box Hill Institute (VIC), Canberra Institute of Technology (ACT), TAFE NSW, TAFE QLD, TAFE WA (SMT & NMT), TAFE SA from 2018. TasTAFE and Charles Darwin University (NT) are committed to providing Cyber Security training and will work closely with industry in their respective jurisdictions to plan implementation of these programs in 2018, in line with other states and territories.

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