Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Hon Don Punch BPsych BSocwk MBA MLA

Minister for Regional Development; Disability Services; Fisheries; Seniors and Ageing

    $2.4 million for data science and cybersecurity innovation hubs to support start-up and SME growth

    1/12/2021 12:00 PM
    • McGowan Government to continue its investment in WA AustCyber Innovation Hub and WA Data Science Innovation Hub
    • Each hub will receive $300,000 per year over four years from the $16.7 million New Industries Fund
    • Hubs deliver expert services to support State-wide growth in start-ups, emerging businesses and small and medium enterprises

    Support for the expanding fields of cybersecurity and data science is set to continue across the State, with the McGowan Government committing a total of $2.4 million to the Western Australian AustCyber Innovation Hub and the WA Data Science Innovation Hub.


    Funded through the State Government's $16.7 million New Industries Fund, each hub will receive $300,000 per year for the next four years to drive further growth in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).


    The New Industries Fund supports and accelerates WA's innovative start-ups, emerging businesses and SMEs to diversify local and regional economies and create jobs. Provisions to continue the fund until 2025 were made in the 2021-22 State Budget.


    The WA AustCyber Innovation Hub was established to address cybersecurity, with a focus on critical infrastructure, cybercrime and big data. The hub is a successful collaboration between the WA Government, Edith Cowan University, the national industry growth centre AustCyber and the City of Joondalup.


    It delivers expert services to actively support the growth of innovative cybersecurity businesses through inception and development to commercialisation.


    The WA Data Science Innovation Hub focuses on helping WA build a data driven ecosystem and culture that fosters collaboration, promotes expertise and advocates for data literacy in a partnership between Curtin University and the WA Government.


    The hub helps to ensure WA remains at the forefront of the digital revolution by building capability and capacity through the use of stored and collected data.


    First established in 2018, both the WA AustCyber Innovation Hub and the WA Data Science Innovation Hub operate a range of programs in regional areas and the renewed funding will ensure those programs can continue.


    More information on the Innovation Hubs is available here.


    Comments attributed to Innovation and ICT Minister Don Punch:


    "The ability to take innovations successfully to market is essential to diversifying our economy, and creating more jobs for Western Australians.


    "Over the past three years, both the WA AustCyber Innovation Hub and the WA Data Science Innovation Hub have helped create an environment for the State's start-ups to succeed and for existing businesses to expand further.


    "The McGowan Government's commitment to continuing funding both hubs will enable them to expand their existing strong metropolitan and regional support so more emerging businesses and SMEs can benefit from expert guidance with developing and commercialising their products and services."


    Minister's office - 6552 6900