Release type: Media Release


Enhancing the cyber security of Australia’s universities


The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

The Morrison Government will provide $1.6 million to enhance the cyber security of Australia’s universities.

The Government will fund:

  • A threat intelligence-sharing network
  • Sector-wide threat modelling
  • A national cybersecurity forum that will meet three times a year

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said cyber security was every Australian’s responsibility.

“Our Government is working with the higher education sector to protect students, research and academic integrity at our universities,” Mr Tehan said.

“Enhancing cyber security in the higher education sector has been a core task of Government, universities and national security agencies working through the University Foreign Interference Taskforce.

“The development of threat modelling and intelligence sharing between universities and government will help identify new and emerging threats as well as best-practice responses.

“A unified approach to cyber security gives Australia the opportunity to harness the innovative power of its universities to strengthen our national security and advance our nation as a leader in cyber security.

“We have seen our universities targeted by malicious cyber actors and this project will strengthen our collective defences against future threats.

“Enhancing cyber security was a key recommendation made in The Guidelines for countering foreign interference in the Australian University Sector published last year.”