Page 4106 - Week 11 - Thursday, 21 September 2017

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Canberra Institute of Technology—cybersecurity training

MS CODY: My question is to the Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research. Minister, how is the ACT government supporting cybersecurity training in the ACT?

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Ms Cody for her question and her ongoing interest in this portfolio in particular. Skills Canberra provides subsidies for training in many cybersecurity related industries, including a number of qualifications from the information and communications technology training package. Some of those relevant qualifications funded by Skills Canberra are: diploma of software development, diploma of information technology, diploma of information technology systems administration, and diploma of systems analysis and design. Skills Canberra also provides foundation skills training under its skilled capital and Australian apprenticeships programs, which is available for all students. This training includes the development of digital literacy skills.

The ACT has also recently applied for Australian government funding to develop an end-to-end skills education strategy for cybersecurity, with a view to positioning Australia as a global leader in training for cybersecurity. The unique environment of the ACT, touched on by the Chief Minister earlier, with ties to vocational education and training and higher education institutions and government—notably including the Australian Defence Force and the Canberra cyber network—places us in an ideal position to lead the development of a cybersecurity education strategy. The ACT chief digital officer also encourages cybersecurity awareness both within the public sector and more generally in the community.

MS CODY: Minister, how is the CIT working with international partners to grow its cybersecurity training?

MS FITZHARRIS: CIT is a significant contributor in the development of cybersecurity training and is a member of the Canberra node of the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network. CIT is investigating infrastructure and initiatives developed by industry and the Singaporean polytechnic sector. The CIT CEO recently met with Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore to learn more about their programs.

At the local level, CIT and CIT Solutions have unique capability to develop a suite of cybersecurity training solutions to meet the needs of all areas of the cybersecurity sector, from awareness-raising through to technical training and customised training options for government and industry.

CIT has developed and delivers a graduate certificate in networking and cybersecurity, with enrolments continuing to increase. This program, the only one of its kind in Australia, was developed in collaboration with industry to meet the skills needs of the industry. In collaboration with Box Hill Institute and industry, CIT has developed an accredited certificate IV in cybersecurity, which is expected to start next year. CIT is also working with Northrop Grumman and other stakeholders on the development of a

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