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Western Australia sets up national cyber group at Joondalup Innovation Hub

The Government of Western Australia announced that the federally funded, industry-led Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (AustCyber) will be setting up a Western Australian Node at the Joondalup Innovation Hub.

AustCyber’s Western Australian Node will focus on critical infrastructure, cybercrime and big data, drawing on existing strengths at Edith Cowan University, which is a world-leader in cyber security research, and the local cyber security industry.

"It's great to see a national organisation like AustCyber recognising the potential of the Joondalup Innovation Hub and the great work already being done by Edith Cowan University's cyber security school,” said Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly.

The Node will be officially launched mid-year with a GovPitch event, where companies will be invited to pitch solutions to real-world problems facing the Western Australian public sector. Recruitment of a local node leader is underway.

The New Industries Fund is providing A$200,000 per year in funding over 4 years to support operations and staffing at the Hub, partnering with AustCyber with A$50,000 per year of matched funding to support the node.

"Local Western Australian companies will benefit from the establishment of the Western Australia Node through its alignment with AustCyber's national cyber security innovation agenda and access to our programs,” said CEO of AustCyber Craig Davies.

"The existing cyber security capability in Western Australia - particularly in critical infrastructure and cyber forensics - is a real asset nationally.  Integrating the Node with the Joondalup Innovation Hub is a great way to leverage and connect these initiatives,” he added.

AustCyber is a not-for-profit, industry-led organisation which brings together businesses and researchers, providing access to national networks to develop next generation products and services.

Launched last year, the Joondalup Innovation Hub is an initiative of the Western Australian Government’s New Industries Fund to bring together the public, private and research sectors to work in the area of cyber security, an area of existing strength for Western Australia. The Hub is housed at Edith Cowan University, a principal partner in the A$50 million Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre.

As reported earlier, the New Industries Fund is a A$16.7 million initiative to support and accelerate new and emerging businesses in Western Australia over four years. It aims to support and grow local jobs by building on Western Australia’s competitive advantages in sectors like agribusiness, life sciences, tourism, resources, education and training, space, defence, digital data and cybersecurity, both in Perth and in the regions.

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