A total of $60 million is available for Round 2. Successful applicants may receive grants between $250,000 to $3 million to improve the quality and quantity of cyber security professionals.

What are the fund’s objectives?

The Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund forms part of the Cyber Security National Workforce Growth Program, a key component of Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020. The government committed an additional $43.8 million to the program in the 2021–22 Budget. The government’s investment in the cyber security workforce will boost cyber defences and protect Australia’s growing digital economy.

The fund’s main objective is to increase the quality and quantity of cyber security professionals in Australia. Diversifying the cyber security workforce is a top priority to be addressed by innovative projects supported through this fund. For Round 2, we are particularly interested in projects that will boost the participation of:

  • women
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • people based in regional and remote areas
  • people with neurodiverse backgrounds.

The fund also aims to improve collaboration between industry and the education sector to attract, train and place cyber security talents into businesses. We encourage applicants who are able to find innovative or new ways to improve cyber security skills to apply.

How can my organisation apply?

Read the guidelines for the grant to find out if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Applications close at 5:00PM AEDT on 6 December 2021.

Learn more about the Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund.

If you need help with your application or have any questions you can contact us.