Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Minister for Education and Training

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Minister for Water; Forestry; Youth

    New qualifications to skill WA workers for booming cybersecurity industry

    30/05/2018 5:00 PM
    • South Metropolitan TAFE's new cybersecurity qualifications will be offered from Semester 2, 2018
    • Expressions of interest are open and courses will commence in mid-July
    • The Australian cybersecurity industry is forecast to triple in the next decade, creating WA jobs 

    The McGowan Government is ensuring Western Australians are equipped to take on jobs in the growing cybersecurity industry, with the creation of new qualifications at TAFE colleges.


    According to AustCyber, Australian cybersecurity is expected to grow to a $6 billion industry within the next 10 years, creating an additional 11,000 technical related jobs.


    Certificate III and IV courses, available from South Metropolitan TAFE's Murdoch Campus next semester, will provide students with much needed skills, including how to monitor and mitigate risks associated with cyber-attacks.


    Murdoch Campus students will be taught from the recently opened Centre of Excellence for Cybersecurity and Emerging Virtual Reality Technologies. The Certificate III qualification will also be offered at the Rockingham and Thornlie campuses.


    For more information, visit http://www.southmetrotafe.wa.edu.au


    Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:


    "South Metropolitan TAFE will be the first training provider in WA to offer these courses, to prepare students to take up the job opportunities this booming industry will present.


    "To ensure WA has the skilled workforce required for future jobs, the college will also engage with secondary schools to provide students with an aptitude for IT, the opportunity to gain skills in this emerging area.


    "The VET pathway will be piloted with a cohort of students from schools in the south metropolitan area next semester." 


    Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Dave Kelly:


    "The McGowan Government is focused on creating jobs in new industries - cybersecurity is an existing area of strength for WA, and it continues to grow.


    "Creating new educational opportunities for students and those looking to reskill is critical if we are to take advantage of our local competitive advantages, while ensuring we have the skilled workers we need to keep up with demand.


    "These new qualifications will complement other McGowan Government initiatives, such as the cybersecurity-focused Joondalup Innovation Hub."


    Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700

    Innovation and ICT Minister's office - 6552 6100