Eligible students have been encouraged to apply for next year’s iteration of the program, aimed at strengthening Australia’s cyber workforce.
Applications are open for the 2022 Australian Defence Force Cyber Gap Program (ADFCGP) — a 12-month online program delivered by the Joint Cyber Directorate.
The program, open to Australian citizens undertaking tertiary cyber-related qualifications, is run in conjunction with the Australian Public Service Digital Profession.
It aims to improve Australia’s sovereign cyber workforce capability.
Approximately 300 applicants are expected to be offered a position in next-year’s program.
Eligible participants can receive financial support for course fees, along with career mentoring sessions, and development opportunities through online cyber skills challenges.
“If you are passionate about cyber security and enthusiastic about turning your skills into a career supporting the Australian Defence Force, this is the program for you," Australian Public Service Commissioner and head of professions Peter Woolcott said.
“The skills and expertise of these students will benefit the nation greatly, whether they choose to join Defence after the program or not."
The Royal Australian Navy hosted a group of ADFCGP participants in Sydney earlier this year, providing insight into cyber-related careers in the maritime domain.
Defence Force Recruiting engaged with recipients, outlining job opportunities available to interested students, with personnel from the Joint Cyber Security Centre also highlighting government agency pathway opportunities.
The program also involved a visit to the Fleet Base East Centre for Innovation, where they experimented with 3D printing, robots, drones, autonomous and crewless technology.
During a visit to the Fleet Cyber Unit (FCU), participants took part in malware and analysis activities and operated the Grace Maritime Cyber Testbed for Operational Technology (OT).
Other activities included visiting HMAS Penguin’s Weapon Training Simulation System, the RAN Medical School training facility, with personnel from the Amphibious Watercraft Squadron taking students on a tour of the harbour on a landing helicopter dock landing craft.
The participants also visited the Anzac Memorial, Spectacle Island and the Navy Heritage Centre.
The ADF engagement week wrapped up with a tour of HMAS Brisbane, the second of three Hobart Class guided-missile destroyers.