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Equipping Australia's Workforce with Cyber Security and Digital Skills

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To tackle urgent workforce needs the Morrison Government is introducing new, fast-tracked training qualifications for the Information Communications Technology (ICT) Sector.

The Australian Government has been working collaboratively with state and territory governments, as well as Industry Reference Committees and the Digital Skills Organisation Pilot, to meet the needs of Australia.  The new and updated training products were fast-tracked by skills ministers, as well as the Australian Industry and Skills Committeeand its COVID-19 sub-committee, which was established to drive rapid and flexible development of vocational education and training products during the COVID-19 crisis.

The Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash said that the Government is committed to ensuring Australians are able to learn the latest in digital technology and cyber security to meet current labour demands, and that upskilling our existing IT workers, as well as making sure that those going into the sector have the right skills needed to address Australia’s ICT challenges and opportunities, is imperative.

“Responding to both COVID-19 and broader industry skills needs, these new skill sets will help address urgent skill needs in the areas of threat detection and prevention, cyber incident response, and cyber security governance." said Senator Cash.  “Urgent digital skills needs will also be addressed by skillsets in the areas of cloud computing, data analysis, and the Internet of things".

The updated qualifications and skillsets are at a Certificate III level to Advanced Diploma level with new skill sets in place to address priority workforce needs in a number of specialty areas:

Other new skill sets include:

You can access Release 6.0 of the Information and Communication Technology Training Package here and further information on the updated qualifications and skillsets is available at:

See Original Ministers' Media Centre Release

Date posted Jul 30, 2020

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