Applications open for $26.5 m Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund grants


The Cyber Security Skills Partnership Fund, offering grants between $300,000 and $2.5 million to support projects building cybersecurity capacity, began accepting applications today.

The fund’s total budget is $26.5 million and grants cover up to half of a project’s cost.

“The Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund will support partnerships between industry, education providers and governments to build the next generation of cyber security experts,” said industry minister Karen Andrews in a statement on Thursday.

Cyber security is essential to our digital economy and needs to be strong in all areas, particularly in small and medium enterprises which comprise 98 per cent of all Australian businesses.

“This fund builds on our commitment to keep Australians secure online, and to support building industry capability.”

The fund is part of the federal $50 million Cyber Security National Workforce Growth Program. 

Applications are from the lead organisation, and a minimum of two project partners is required.

Projects could include:

  • developing and delivering specialist cyber security courses for professionals,
  • retraining programs, 
  • professional development, 
  • apprenticeships, 
  • establishing new internships, cadetships, work experience and staff exchanges, and
  • establishing cyber labs and training facilities.

Applications close on 11 Mar 2021 05:00 PM AEDT. 

Click here to apply or find out more about the program.


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