Objective 4.1

Innovation in exports and the shift to digital is supported and promoted

Action 4.1K

In progress

The Government and industry will jointly develop tools to manage added liability from risks associated with digital rather than face-to-face transactions.

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Government response
Related Action/s

Government support industry develop tools to manage added liability from higher risks associated with digital rather than face-to-face transactions.


Progress to date

In June 2020, Australian Cyber Security Growth Centre's (AustCyber) NSW Cyber Security Innovation Node partnered with TAFE NSW to launch short courses to meet current and emerging industry needs. The courses will provide new and existing workers with the specialist skills they need to succeed in the growing cyber security sector.

The Node is part of AustCyber’s National Network of Cyber Security Innovation Nodes, designed to foster and accelerate cyber capability development and innovation across the country. It is jointly funded by AustCyber, the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network, and the NSW Government. As of January 2021 there are Nodes in Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Canberra and New South Wales, each specialising in key priority capabilities related to State or Territory strengths.

The Empowering Business to go Digital program provided seed funding to establish a non-government organisation (Navii) to support small businesses raise their digital capability. The Navii NGO and platform formally launched is services in November 2020 and offers resources, training and advice to guide small and medium businesses on their digital journey. 

Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020 was released on 6 August 2020. The Strategy will invest $1.67 billion over 10 years to achieve our vision of creating a more secure online world for Australians, their businesses and the essential services upon which we all depend. It will be delivered through action by:

  • governments to strengthen the protection of Australians, businesses and critical infrastructure from the most sophisticated threats businesses to secure their products and services and protect their customers from known cyber vulnerabilities; and
  • the community to practice secure online behaviours and make informed purchasing decisions.

Under Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy 2020, the Cyber Security Business Connect and Protect program will help business uplift their cyber capabilities in parallel with increased digitisation. 

In April 2021, the Government announced $6.9 million in funding for 14 trusted organisations to deliver the Cyber Security Business Connect and Protect program. The successful applicants who will support and assist small and medium businesses to securely adopt digital technologies are listed here.