Centre of Excellence establishes NSW as cyber capital

Minister for Transport and Roads, Minister for Digital, Minister for Customer Service

A vision to make NSW the leading cyber security state in the Asia Pacific region is a step closer with the NSW Government’s Jobs Plus Program committing to support the development of Macquarie Telecom’s Sovereign Cyber Security Centre of Excellence.

Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said the Centre of Excellence, to be located within the Macquarie Park Innovation District, would create immediate jobs and deliver on significant opportunities to grow NSW’s workforce of cybersecurity experts into the future.

“The planning, build and deployment of cyber security infrastructure for the Centre will create more than 1,200 immediate indirect jobs and an initial 31 highly skilled specialist roles to run and operate the centre by 2024,” Mr Ayres said.

“Through Investment NSW, the Jobs Plus Program will support Macquarie Telecom Group with infrastructure rebates and payroll tax relief, delivering immediate job opportunities as well as many opportunities to attract further investment in the industries of the future.”

Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said the project would also enable the government to expand upon its Strategy to establish world-class cyber security infrastructure and capabilities in NSW.

“In May we launched the NSW Cyber Security Strategy and committed to partnering with industry to cultivate a thriving cyber sector by creating jobs, educating students and building infrastructure,” Mr Dominello said.

“This project will create valuable long-term jobs in the digital and cyber security sector and deliver sovereign data centres in NSW, supporting our ambition of making NSW the cybersecurity capital of the Southern Hemisphere.”

Macquarie Telecom Group CEO David Tudehope said that “this is an investment in developing long term jobs of the future as well as building sovereign security skills and capabilities in NSW. This new infrastructure will further enhance our offering to government and major corporate clients to protect against cyber threats and keep their data safe.”

The Jobs Plus Program, delivered through Investment NSW, provides eligible companies with support, including payroll tax relief, streamlined planning approval and subsidised training programs, along with the provision of free or subsidised government spaces and accommodation.

Australian businesses that employ 20 or more staff and international companies with at least 80 employees looking to create a minimum of 30 jobs before June 2024 are eligible to apply for Jobs Plus. To check your eligibility and find out more, visit Service NSW.

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