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.

ACCSE Call for Applications – Now Closed

The ACCSE call for applications is now closed. Announcements on the successful centres of excellence will be made May 2017.

ACCSE Program Guidelines

A working group was established to assist with the development of the ACCSE program guidelines. Membership of the group includes:

  • 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 represented 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.