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 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.


The following is a list of all the news items that are associated with Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE).

Draft 2020 Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) Specifications released

News | 2 October 2019

Release of HDR Grievance Factsheet

News | 18 February 2019

The Department of Education and Training (the department) has released a HDR Grievance Factsheet. ...

Research Training Implementation Plan – first update released

News | 16 August 2018

2017 Australia-Vietnam Researcher Exchange Program (AVREP)

News | 13 June 2017

Fourteen Australian and Vietnamese researchers have been selected to participate in the 2017 Australia-Vietnam Researcher Exchange Program (AVREP). The exchanges, which will take place between June and December 2017, will enable the researchers to visit and collaborate with their partners to...

Release of Submissions in Response to the Options Paper ‘Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education'

News | 24 November 2016

$16 million boost for research and innovation

News | 27 July 2016

Showcasing Australian research excellence to the world

News | 11 March 2016

Department hosts major international research infrastructure meeting

News | 16 February 2016

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training recently hosted the seventh Group of Senior Officials on Research Infrastructures (GSO) Meeting in Sydney. ...

Submissions on the discussion paper Boosting the Commercial Returns from Research have been published

News | 20 April 2015