Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE)

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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 at the University of Melbourne and Edith Cowan University to:

  • 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 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 Government agencies and other external sources.

The media release announcing the successful ACCSE.

ACCSE program guidelines

The ACCSE program guidelines for the selection of ACCSE can be found at the link below:

No further ACCSE selection rounds are planned at this stage.

ACCSE Working Group and Assessment Panel

A Working Group and Assessment Panel were established to assist with the ACCSE program. Members were selected on the basis of their expertise and experience in cyber security and knowledge of the industry, government, research and the higher education sectors.

ACCSE Working Group:

  • Ms Simone Bachmann - Head of Information Security Innovation, Australia Post Pty Ltd
  • Mr Russell Brown - Board Director, Australian Information Security Association
  • Professor Stephen Buckman - Executive Director, Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences, Australian Research Council
  • Emeritus Professor Christine Ewan - Key Associate, PhillipsKPA
  • Ms Kim Hicks - Senior Manager, Policy and Advocacy, Australian Information Industry Association
  • Professor Richard James* - Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Melbourne
  • Dr Sanjay Mazumdar - Chief Executive Officer, Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre
  • Ms Sandra Ragg - Assistant Secretary Cyber Policy, Cyber Policy & Intelligence Division, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Mr Iwan van Tilburg - Australian Cyber Security Centre, Australian Signals Directorate, Department of Defence
  • Dr Liz Eedle / Dr John Wellard - Policy Director, Research and Innovation, Universities Australia
  • Dr Liming Zhu - Research Director, Software and Computational Systems, Data61, CSIRO
  • Ms Ditta Zizi (Convenor) - Branch Manager, Research and Higher Education Infrastructure, Department of Education and Training

* Engaged for personal expertise in higher education quality teaching and learning standards (e.g. member of the Australian Higher Education Standards Panel and Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching Advisory Group)

ACCSE Assessment Panel:

  • Mr Russell Brown - Board Director, Australian Information Security Association
  • Professor Stephen Buckman - Executive Director - Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences, ARC
  • Ms Kim Hicks - Senior Manager, Policy and Advocacy, Australian Information Industry Association
  • Mr Iwan van Tilburg - Australian Cyber Security Centre, Australian Signals Directorate, Department of Defence
  • Ms Ditta Zizi (Convenor) - Branch Manager, Research and Higher Education Infrastructure, Department of Education and Training

The Working Group and Assessment Panel are supported by the Department of Education and Training.