TasTAFE to help cyber security with $1.4m Fed Gov grant

TasTAFE’s Cyber Innovation Training Hub has secured a $1.49 million grant to help lift the nation’s cyber security capabilities as part of the Liberal Government’s $8 million investment in innovative projects designed to improve the skills and availability of cyber security professionals.

TasTAFE’s Cyber Innovation Training Hub in Hobart is one of eight successful projects under Round One of the Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund to help build cyber security expertise as well as create job-ready professionals through traineeships, work experience and student activities.

The Training Hub will offer virtual and face-to-face training with a strong focus on industry experience and needs.

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz said the Liberal Government understands the critical need to strengthen the nation’s cyber capability as demonstrated in the $1.67 billion investment as part of the Cyber Security Strategy 2020.

“It’s great to see this kind of innovation in Tasmania, not only helping build industry capability but also the skills of local cyber security professionals and those looking to take up a cyber career,” Senator Abetz said.

“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.”

“These projects not only build industry capability to support our Australian businesses in the digital economy, they also will help inspire the next generation to consider a cyber security career.”

Senator Abetz said the successful projects will strengthen cyber security training and career pathway considering the cyber security workforce was expected to grow by approximately 7000 over the next three years.

“We recognise the importance of partnering with industry to grow cyber capability - that’s why we’ve committed an additional investment of more than $43 million to the Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund in the Budget.”

“I encourage professionals and students to take part in the project to grow their cyber security knowledge and expertise to help protect our digital economy and keep Australians safe online.”

The Liberal Government is investing more than $70 million as part of the Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund, including an additional $43.8 million in the 2021-22 Budget. Round two of the Innovation Fund opens later this year.

For more information on the projects, visit www.business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/cyber-security-skills-partnership-innovation-fund/grant-recipients.

More information on the Fund can be found at https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/cyber-security-skills-partnership-innovation-fund.

About Eric

Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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