Cyber Hub pilots to boost skills of smaller commonwealth agencies, Robert says

By Shannon Jenkins

Thursday April 29, 2021

Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert at the National Press Club. Services Australia is opening in Adeliade
Acting education minister Stuart Robert (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Major commonwealth departments will offer cyber services to smaller government agencies through three Cyber Hub pilots, according to employment minister Stuart Robert.

In an address to the Australian Financial Review Government Summit on Wednesday, Robert noted that some agencies “cannot compete for skills and resources in the marketplace”.

To address this, the government will establish three Cyber Hub pilots to “enable leading agencies such as Defence, Home Affairs and Services Australia to provide cyber services for those agencies that cannot match their breadth and depth of skills”, Robert announced.

Robert said similar models may be utilised in the future to deliver other scalable services.

“This may include broader ICT functions — such as secure email, or corporate services — such as finance or HR,” he said.

“Such decisions will be informed by the whole-of-government architecture and the Digital Review, which will provide that complete life cycle picture of needs and capabilities.”

Read more: DTA embarks on whole-of-government architecture plan to enable APS reform and streamline services

The plan to create whole-of-government architecture was announced in November 2019, with the aim of reusing common capabilities and platforms across agencies to streamline government services.

Meanwhile, the Digital Review aims to identify the capabilities of agencies, including their skill, maturity, and performance levels.

Both initiatives are being conducted by the Digital Transformation Agency, which was recently transferred from the Department of Social Services to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet under machinery of government changes.

The announcement of the Cyber Hub pilots has come two months after it was revealed that the specific strengths of larger commonwealth agencies would be utilised by the Australian Public Service Academy, which is scheduled to open at Old Parliament House in July.

Courses will be designed and delivered in partnership with key agencies, including Services Australia and Defence.

Read more: Agencies to share their expertise through APS Academy


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