In a training first for Queenslanders, TAFE Gold Coast is planning to offer skills-based cyber security qualifications in 2018 to help tackle the critical shortage of skilled workers needed to secure Australian organisations against malicious cyber activity.

The certificate and diploma level qualifications are a national TAFE initiative and were announced today in Canberra by the Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity, the Hon Angus Taylor MP, and Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews MP.

TAFE Queensland Interim Chief Executive Officer Mary Campbell said she was thrilled with the opportunity to provide this much needed training and is looking forward to working alongside industry partners who can offer internship opportunities and real-world experience for students.

“Malicious cyber activity is driving a rapidly expanding global cyber security industry as governments, the private sector and research community boost spending and investment to defend online operations.

As a result, the demand for Australian cyber security solutions is expected to increase dramatically in coming years as cyber criminals become more astute at stealing and manipulating information systems online and we will need a skilled workforce to tackle the challenges,” Mrs Campbell said.

Malicious cyber activity is growing worldwide, driving a dramatic increase in demand for cyber security solutions, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region.

AustCyber CEO Craig Davies said that over the next decade the Australian cyber security industry is forecast to almost triple in size, with revenue soaring to at least A$6 billion by 2026 from just over A$2 billion today.

“An appropriately skilled and educated cyber security workforce is critical to Australia's ability to capitalise on this growth opportunity at the same time as improving Australia’s cyber resilience,” Mr Davies said.

AustCyber estimates that Australian employers will need at least 11,000 additional cyber security workers over the next decade - and this only covers a set of technical roles.

“There is a critical shortage of skilled cyber security workers in Australia, needed to help secure organisations against malicious cyber activity, so it is extremely encouraging to see Australian TAFEs join forces to do what TAFEs do best - provide practical hands-on skills aligned with industry needs,” he said.

The practical, ‘hands-on-keyboard’ courses offered by TAFE Queensland will open pathways to learners seeking further education and potentially a new career meeting the security challenges faced by employers.

The courses were designed in close collaboration with industry partners to help address the shortage of cyber security professionals needed to secure Queensland organisations.

These include the National Australia Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, ANZ Bank, NBN Co, Cisco Australia and New Zealand, REA Group, BAE Systems, Telstra, Deloitte, CITT, the Australian Information Security Association and ISACA.

Nationally recognised cyber security training courses will launch soon. You can register now at or call 1300 308 233.

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