Supporting digital skills development for defence industry


Thursday, 10 December, 2020

Supporting digital skills development for defence industry

The federal government has released two key Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Implementation Plans, which it says underscores the growing importance of the information and cyber domain.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the ‘Advanced signal processing capabilities’ and the ‘Surveillance and intelligence’ plans are crucial to maintain Australia’s position in the information and cyber domain. Minister Price added that the Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Implementation Plans outline the growing importance of the information and cyber domain, particularly as the character of warfare evolves.

“The 2020 Force Structure Plan committed $15 billion over the next decade to information and cyber capabilities. To develop and deliver these capabilities, we require a highly skilled and secure Australian workforce,” Minister Price said.

Minister Price went on to encourage businesses in adjacent sectors to consider opportunities in these areas.

“Skills in software engineering, data analytics and specialised electronics engineering play a key role in building sovereign defence industry capability,” she said.

The Plans are two of a total of 10 Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Plans.

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