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Meeting demand for cyber security expertise

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Growth Centre: AustCyber
Publication Date: 
December 2018
Case study from: Growth Centres Success Stories

Are you confident in the security of your online operations in an increasingly digital world? The Industry Growth Centres Initiative is helping to make quality training available for the next generation of cyber security experts.

Business in focus: Australian Vocational Education and Training

The Cyber Security Growth Centre, known as AustCyber, has identified a critical shortage of skilled cyber security graduates, estimating that Australian industry will need at least 11,000 additional workers over the next decade to meet existing demand – and this only covers a set of technical roles.

AustCyber has worked with Box Hill Institute (VIC), Canberra Institute of Technology (ACT), TAFE NSW, TAFE QLD, South Metropolitan TAFE and North Metropolitan TAFE WA, and TAFE SA to develop and implement a consistent skills-based curriculum for Certificate and Diploma level qualifications in cyber security from 2018.

These qualifications, developed in close collaboration with industry partners, including major banks, ICT and security firms, will help meet increasing demand for cyber security skills across Australian industry and catapult Australia forward as a leading force in practical skills based in cyber security education.

All courses delivered as part of Semester 1 2018 were fully subscribed, with wait-lists of up to 600 students in some locations.

These enrolments will provide a pipeline of work-ready graduates into entry level cyber security positions in industry as well as a pathway to the Advanced Diploma in Cyber Security, scheduled to be rolled out for teaching in 2019.

The Australian Vocational Education and Training system is expanding its horizons with Australia’s Industry Growth Centres Initiative. If your organisation has unrealised potential, now could be your time.


Over the next decade the Australian cyber security industry has the potential to almost triple in size, with revenues soaring to at least A$6 billion by 2026 from just over A$2 billion today.