Cyber Cooperation Program
Australia's Cyber Cooperation Program (the Program) works in partnership with countries in Southeast Asia and Pacific to enhance cyber resilience. Established in 2016, the Program plays an important role in supporting Australia's international cyber engagement which champions an open, free and secure Internet that protects national security and promotes international stability, while driving global economic growth and sustainable development.
The Program supports Australia's commitment to deliver on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which recognises the vital role of digital technologies to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.
The Program – $34 million in Official Development Assistance funding from 2016-2023 – initially commenced as a $4 million grants program over four years and has since increased in value. At the launch of the 2017 International Cyber Engagement Strategy, the former Foreign Minister announced an additional $10 million to support activities that aligned with Australia's 2017 International Cyber Engagement Strategy. This was subsequently followed by a $1 million packaged announced at the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in March 2018, $9 million to support activities in the Pacific announced in November 2018, and a further $10 million to support activities in Southeast Asia announced in March 2019.
Partnerships for Recovery: Australia's COVID-19 Development Response
COVID-19 is having a profound impact on our lives and on our region. The Partnerships for Recovery: Australia's COVID-19 Development Response Strategy sets out how Australia's development efforts will address the challenges of COVID-19 in the Indo-Pacific region.
Maintaining social stability is a critical action area of the Strategy, reflecting Australia's shared interests with partner governments. The Program contributes to stability and economic recovery from COVID-19 by supporting partner countries to respond to a rapidly evolving cyber threat landscape. Ongoing and increasingly sophisticated malicious cyber activity challenges the international rules-based order and undermines international peace and stability.
The Program will continue to work with partners across Southeast Asia and the Pacific to build a more resilient, secure and safe cyberspace. This includes:
- strengthening cyber security capability through information-sharing, tailored training and providing ICT equipment and services;
- preventing and responding to cybercrime through investigations training and legislative review and development; and
- strengthening understanding of international law and norms in cyberspace through training to government officials, civil society and academia.
Delivery Model – Strong Partnerships
The success of the Program is based on its strong partnerships model which sees industry, academia, civil society, Australian Government agencies, and other like-minded donors partner with countries across Southeast Asia and the Pacific to combine knowledge and resources to advance and protect our collective interests in cyberspace.