Eligible Australian businesses will be able to apply for grants between $250,000 to $3 million to support innovative cyber security skills projects to get off the ground. The Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund will be open for applications in February 2021, and will close in March 2021.

A skilled cyber security workforce is critical to helping Australia become a leading digital economy by 2030. AustCyber estimates that nearly 7,000 additional cyber security professionals are needed across the Australian economy to 2024 and beyond.

Working together is the best way to build a pipeline of cyber professionals for the future, providing our economy with the cyber security skills they need. That is why we are supporting collaborative partnerships from industry, governments and education providers.

What is the Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund?


This Fund will provide education and career pathways for individuals into much needed jobs through innovative approaches that improve the quality or number of cyber security professionals in Australia.

Some eligible project ideas, which build the connection between education providers and business to provide job-ready cyber security graduates, include establishing:

  • retraining or upskilling initiatives, to help those in other disciplines transition to a cyber security role
  • student delivered cyber security services
  • cyber labs, training facilities, cyber simulators
  • new scholarships (where at least 50 per cent of your scholarships will be reserved for women)
  • new apprenticeships, or apprenticeship-style courses in higher education
  • new internships, cadetships, work experience and staff exchanges

How to apply?


Grant guidelines for the Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund are now available. Start preparing your submission now before applications open in February 2021.

Find out more information in the the Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund grant guidelines.