Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE)


The Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE) program is part of Australia’s $230 million Cyber Security Strategy launched by the Prime Minister on 21 April 2016.

The Government has committed $1.9 million over four years (2016-2017 to 2019‑2020) for the establishment of ACCSE in Australian universities to address the nation’s critical shortage of skilled cyber security professionals. The centres will:

  • help build Australia’s capability in cyber security by encouraging more students to undertake studies in cyber security
  • increase the number of highly skilled post-graduates with the job ready skills needed to work in Australian business and government to tackle emerging cyber security challenges
  • provide workforce training that improves cyber security practices through greater awareness, risk management and technical training
  • provide support for research that addresses key cyber security challenges confronting the nation.

It is expected that ACCSE will be self-sustaining with ongoing operations funded through student course fees and fee‑for‑service income, including from Australian Government agencies and other external sources.

Working Group

A working group has been established to provide advice on the development of the ACCSE program. Membership of the group is:

Head of Information Security Innovation and Culture, Australia Post

Executive Director, Australian Research Council (ARC)

Emeritus Professor, Key Associate, PhillipsKPA

Senior Manager (Policy), Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), the University of Melbourne

Chief Executive Officer, Data to Decision Cooperative Research Centre

Assistant Secretary Cyber Policy, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Education Manager, Australian Information Security Association (AISA)

Director Cyber Security People Strategies, Australian Signals Directorate, Department of Defence

Policy Director, Research and Innovation, Universities Australia

Research Director, Software and Computational Systems, Data61 (CSIRO)

The working group will represent the broad views of the education and industry sectors with expertise in cyber security and information management, as well as delivery of research and higher education programs.

The working group is chaired and supported by the Research and Economic Group, Department of Education and Training.

Selection of ACCSE

Program guidelines and selection criteria will be developed with the assistance of the working group.

ACCSE will need to demonstrate a high level of cyber security education and training competency, research capability and strong connections to the business sector.

Applications from candidate universities will be assessed by an independent assessment panel.

A call for applications will be made in early 2017.