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Australia launched its first national skills-based cybersecurity qualification

On Jan 25, Australia announced the launch of the first National TAFE Cybersecurity Program. The announcement was made by Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Angus Taylor and Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews MP at the Parliament House, Canberra.

According to the press release by Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (AustCyber or ACSGN), the skills-based cybersecurity certificate and diploma level qualifications are to be delivered by technical and further education institution (TAFEs) across the country in 2018.

These TAFEs include Box Hill Institute (VIC), Canberra Institute of Technology (ACT), TAFE NSW, TAFE Queensland, TAFE Western Australia (South Metropolitan & North Metropolitan), TAFE South Australia.

According to the Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan by AustCyber last year, it is conservatively estimated that Australia will need at least 11,000 additional cybersecurity technicians.

To address shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals in Australia, the TAFE Cybersecurity Program has been developed in close collaboration with industry partners to provide practical, hands-on skills aligned with industry needs.  

For example, 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.

Industry partners working with the TAFE Cybersecurity Program include the National Australia Bank (NAB), Commonwealth Bank of Australia, ANZ Bank, nbnco, Cisco Australia and New Zealand, REA Group, BAE Systems, Telstra, Deloitte, CITT, the Australian Information Security Association and ISACA.

With increasing threat from malicious cyber activity, there is a dramatic increase in demand for cybersecurity workforce and solutions. Over the next decade, Australia’s cybersecurity industry is expected to grow triple in size, with revenue soaring to at least A$6 billion by 2026.

 “An appropriately skilled and educated cyber security workforce is critical to Australia's ability to capitalise on this growth opportunity at the same time as improving Australia’s cyber resilience” AustCyber CEO Craig Davies said in the press statement.

This new announcement follows the previously reported TAFE partnership to develop single national approach for tackling cybersecurity skills gap last year.

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