Queensland Node official Launch

Minister Stirling Hinchliffe, Minister for Tourism Industry Development and Innovation and Minister for Sport

On Monday 15th March, AustCyber officially opened the Queensland Node in Brisbane.  The event was held at the Calile Hotel in Fortitude Valley and attend by around 100 people in the Cyber Security ecosystem across Government, Academia, Industry and many of the local QLD Cyber Security Starts-ups.  We were so thankful to have the support of several distinguished guests:

  • QLD State Minister Tourism Industry Development and Innovation and Minister for Sport, Minister Stirling Hinchliffe
  • Dr Sarah Pearson, Deputy Director-General, Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport 
  • Chief Customer and Digital Office, Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, Chris Fechner
  • A/Deputy Director-General Transformation and Enabling Technologies at Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy
  • QLD government Chief Information Security Officer, Rob Champion
  • Queensland Small Business Commissioner, Maree Adshead
  • Chief Executive Officer of AustCyber, Michelle Price

It was fantastic to have Minister Hinchliffe attend and talk about collaboration between Government, Business and Industry to drive the cutting-edge innovations that will advance the sector in local, national and international markets. 

Michelle Price, CEO of AustCyber, also presented some the following:

  • In June 2020, it was announced that three Cyber Security Innovation Nodes would be established in Brisbane, Townsville and the Sunshine Coast.  The launch of these Nodes is an important step in the advancement of the cyber security industry in QLD. The Nodes will help to strengthen QLD’s position in the booming cyber security sector, drive economic growth, innovations and commercialisations across a range of sectors which will create new jobs and enhance global competitiveness.
  • Queensland is home to relatively mature cyber providers, with an average age of ten years – second only to South Australia. Although Queensland has a relatively small start-up community, with only 32 per cent of providers less than five years old, it is home to exciting start-ups including Assetnote and SecureStack.  Cyber providers of all ages can find support in the Queensland Government’s Advance Queensland Strategy, a suite of programs and grants designed to drive the knowledge and jobs of the future. The top cyber products and services offered in Queensland are penetration testing, cyber governance and risk services, and application security.
  • The state government’s recent focus on growing Queensland’s innovation ecosystem through its Advance Queensland Strategy will likely shape the state’s future cyber product mix, as providers respond to key priority areas such as robotics and agricultural technology (AgriTech).
  • Export appears to be a strength for Queensland cyber providers, with nearly 60 per cent exporting their products and services overseas. One prominent success story is ASX-listed RightCrowd, which has had significant success internationally with its identity access management and threat intelligence analytics solutions.


We then moved to a panel session provided valuable insights into a range of topics including SME cyber uplift, how we can upskill and/or cross skill our existing workforce, Cyber career pathways, why QLD is a great place to work & how cyber can leverage our recently launched AUCyberScape featuring:

  • Rob Champion - QLD Government Chief Information Security Officer
  • Maree Adshead - QLD Small Business Commissioner
  • Paul McCarty - CTO and co-founder, SecureStack
  • Michelle Price – CEO, AustCyber

Thank you to all those who attended and everyone who has been supporting the Node since its opening!