Cyber Cooperation Program - Open Call for Proposals

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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is pleased to invite project proposals for Australia's Cyber Cooperation Program.

The Cyber Cooperation Program, announced by the Foreign Minister in May 2016, is designed to boost the resources behind Australia's cyber capacity building efforts in the Indo-Pacific. Projects funded by the Program encompass the full spectrum of cyber affairs, as articulated in Australia's International Cyber Engagement Strategy. This may include raising the bar of cyber security, cybercrime capacity building, or pursuing economic and development goals.

While introduced with an initial investment of $1 million per year over four years, at the launch of the Strategy in October, the Government supplemented this funding with an additional $10 million over three years, taking the total investment to $14 million. This additional investment ensures that the priorities outlined in the Strategy can be delivered through practical action.

The Indo-Pacific is the focus area of the Program's projects. This is where our capacity building efforts have the greatest impact and translate most directly into gains for Australia. Australia works with partners who have a well-established capability and complementary objectives. In this way, we harness the existing capacity of the Indo-Pacific to deliver greater outcomes to the region as a whole, including to those countries who are at the beginning of their digital journey.

Australia actively seeks creative partnering opportunities with governments around the world and with civil society, academia and the private sector. Our combined resources, networks and expertise are a force multiplier in pursuit of shared goals. The Cyber Cooperation Program provides the support for many of the new international cyber engagement activities in the Strategy.

The Program complements and supports existing cyber capacity building activities undertaken by Australian Government departments and agencies, including the Attorney-General's Department and the Australian Federal Police, CERT Australia and the Department of Communications and the Arts.

To apply, complete and send an Activity Proposal Form to before the deadline of 5pm Monday 22 January 2018.

Attached below is the Activity Proposal Form, Guidance for Bidders, and the Frequently Asked Questions.

Any further questions should be sent to:



Australia's Cyber Cooperation Program was launched in 2016. It has a strong emphasis on private sector partnerships. Some of our existing partners are highlighted below.

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Last Updated: 8 December 2017