We deepen Australia’s understanding of cyber security and strengthen the workforce by developing consistency in cyber education and training.

Focusing on practical experience

Holding cyber security challenges, are an engaging way to develop and test a range of valuable and practical skills, including:

  • cyber security skills
  • technical abilities,
  • communication skills,
  • research and planning,
  • critical thinking and risk management,
  • creative thinking,
  • adaptability and change management,
  • troubleshooting and working under pressure.

We have partnered with a number of organisations in the past to support and deliver competitions to participants of all ages and abilities, including Cyber Security Challenge Australia (CySCA), CyberTaipan, CyberCamp, ACA Cyber Challenges and Capture the Flag.

Supporting education providers

We work with the education system to help scale and support a number of initiatives to address the cyber security skills shortage and build a pipeline of skilled cyber security professionals.

Initiatives include:

  • working with TAFEs to coordinate the delivery of a national curriculum for Certificate and Advanced Diplomas in Cyber Security,
  • exhibiting at a series of Australian Careers Service events to present cyber security job opportunities and pathways,
  • publishing research and articles, including on the Good Universities Guide.

Launching traineeship programs

AustCyber has partnered with Microsoft, and with the support of MEGT have launched the Cyber Security Traineeship Program.

Aiming to support 200 participants entering a cyber career from 2021 to 2024, the program drives growth by creating new career pathways for employees and upskilling them in this critical area.

The program is an entry-level pathway for new talent to learn IT skills and work simultaneously at an organisation. It focuses on building a diverse workforce and encourages participation by women, veterans, First Nations people, neurodivergent people, and other minority groups.

Exploring career pathways and opportunities

Cyber security is one of the fastest growing sectors worldwide, and cyber security professionals are much in demand from both the government and private sectors in Australia and abroad. 

Roles in cyber security are diverse and rewarding, spanning technical, policy, risk management, marketing, engagement and more. Pathways into a cyber security career are varied. They might include traditional tertiary or vocational education, but may also come from learning on the job.

For technical roles, we encourage the use of a standard national workforce framework to help people identify work roles, skill requirements and career opportunities.

Explore your pathways into a cyber security career today.