As part of the 2016-17 Foreign Affairs Budget, the Minister for Foreign Affairs announced the establishment of a Cyber Cooperation Program, part of Australia's official development assistance, to improve cyber security in the Indo-Pacific region.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is currently calling for proposals for cyber capacity building projects in the Indo-Pacific region. Proposed projects should assist partner governments to develop their institutional capacity to address cyber threats, strengthen cyber security and combat cybercrime, including through public–private partnerships. Initial project bids are due on 17 February 2017. For further information, please see the Cyber Cooperation Program.