Meet our Partners

The success of the Cyber and Critical Tech Cooperation Program is based on its strong partnerships model — industry, academia, civil society, Australian Government agencies and other like-minded donors — partnering with countries across Southeast Asia and the Pacific to combine knowledge and resources to advance and protect our collective interests in cyberspace.

Current Implementing Partners

Partnering with the Attorney-General's Department to build legislative capacity across the Pacific.

This partnership supports Australia’s objective of stronger cybercrime prevention, prosecution and cooperation by working directly with Pacific governments on these important issues.

Partnering with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to deliver cybercrime investigative and awareness raising training through Cyber Safety Pasifika and Cyber Safety Asia programs.

Cyber Safety Pasifika is an initiative of the Pacific Islands Chiefs of Police (PICP) forum and operates across 14 countries in the region. It works with national police bodies to support their delivery of cyber safety training and awareness raising in their local communities.

Cyber Safety Asia delivers training, mentoring and coaching activities to South East Asian states designed to enhance knowledge and awareness amongst police and the community on cybercrime and online safety; enhance capability in cybercrime detection, investigation and prosecution; and bolster regional cooperation on cybercrime investigations.

This partnership supports Australia’s objective of stronger cybercrime prevention, prosecution and cooperation across the Indo-Pacific.

Partnering with the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to deliver activities in the ASEAN region which promote human rights online.

The Cyber and Critical Tech Cooperation Program is supporting the AHRC to deliver a regional workshop and high-level dialogue on the human rights benefits and threats arising from technologies such as artificial intelligence. In Vietnam, AHRC will deliver training on human rights, technology and cybersecurity related issues.

This project supports Australia’s objectives to promote and protect human rights online.

Partnering with the Department of Home Affairs to establish a resilient Smart Cities project in the Mekong region.

The project will deliver advice on critical technology security policy to support resilient Smart Cities, which will enable partner countries in the Mekong to take advantage of the opportunities that technology and greater connectivity provide.

The Cyber and Critical Tech Cooperation Program is also supporting the Department of Home Affairs to provide training on standards development associated with Smart Cities to Mekong partner countries.

These projects support Australia’s objective of strengthening cyber and critical technology resilience in the Mekong, and enhancing Southeast Asian countries’ engagement with critical technology standards.

Partnering with the eSafety Commissioner to promote online safety with Pacific and Southeast Asian Governments.

In the Pacific, eSafety is working with Pacific officials to develop national approaches to safeguarding citizens online as well as developing global online safety resources. eSafety is separately working to address technology-facilitated abuse online and support women and girls to fully and effectively participate in public life, through information-sharing and training with Pacific women community, industry and government officials.

In Southeast Asia, eSafety is working to promote Safety by Design as a model online safety standard for governments, industry and organisations.

These projects support Australia’s objectives of enhancing Southeast Asian countries’ engagement with critical technology standards and mainstreaming and integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment.

eSafety is the only government agency globally focused on online safety.

ABC International Development and its partners Care, Talitha Project and Portable are working to empower young women in Tonga and Vanuatu to participate meaningfully and safely online.

Young women are at the centre of the Girls Online (GO!) project. They will lead the identification and exploration of cyber safety rights, experiences, and issues. Young women will also drive contextually relevant and practical solutions for their online safety. This project supports Australia’s objectives to promote and protect human rights online and gender equality in cyberspace.

ABC International Development aims to help communities, often through the media, to identify and address the barriers and facilitators to development issues, where information access, public dialogue or attitudinal and behaviour change are goals.

Partnering with the Australian National University’s School of Regulation and Global Governance (ANURegNet) to deliver workshops to Southeast Asian partner governments to raise awareness of the geo-economic opportunities and issues associated with critical technology standards.

This project supports Australia’s objective of enhancing Southeast Asian countries’ engagement with critical technology standards.

ANURegNet is a leading academic centre renowned for its pioneering research and education on regulation and governance. ANURegNet’s interdisciplinary research responds to the complex and interconnected challenges of the 21st century, including climate change, conflict and justice, disruptive technologies, economic inequalities and geopolitical contestation.

Partnering with the Asia Society Policy Institute to examine standards on the ethical use of artificial intelligence (AI) and data in selected Southeast Asian states.

This project supports Australia’s objective of enhancing Southeast Asian countries’ engagement with critical technology standards.

The Asia Society Policy Institute is a think tank that tackles major policy challenges through research, public diplomacy and initiatives designed to advance inclusive and effective policymaking across Asia and the world.

The APNIC Foundation’s SWITCH SEA: Fostering women’s technical leadership in the Internet industry in Southeast Asia is a gender-responsive, inclusive approach to supporting women engineers in Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines and Cambodia through online training and mentoring to contribute to their career prospects in the ICT industry.

Separately, in the Pacific, the APNIC Foundation is also implementing a series of technical training and assistance activities to reduce national-level network inefficiencies and improve Internet connectivity in selected Pacific countries.

These projects support the Cyber and Critical Tech Cooperation Program’s goal of a "multi-stakeholder approach to Internet governance, which places all stakeholders on an equal footing in Internet governance debates, best facilitates an open, free and secure Internet".

The APNIC Foundation leverages APNIC’s 25+ years of proven technical and developmental leadership in the Internet to build human and community capacity for Internet development in our region.

The Cyber and Critical Tech Cooperation Program partners with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute's International Cyber Policy Centre (ASPI ICPC) to deliver a series of regional workshops for ASEAN states on responsible state behaviour in cyberspace.

ASPI also worked with Indonesia’s National Cyber and Crypto Agency to strengthen its cyber threat analysis, engagement on cyber policy issues and coordination across government.

This partnership contributes to Australia’s objective of fostering an international cyber stability framework that promotes responsible state behaviour in cyberspace.

Partnering with CyberCX on cyber security projects in Vanuatu and Cambodia.

In Vanuatu, CyberCX is supporting the National Bank of Vanuatu to deliver cyber security enhancement programs that will help provide a range of expanded digital banking products and services to the people of Vanuatu.

In Cambodia, CyberCX is working closely with government officials to develop a roadmap for strengthening cyber security capabilities, as well as delivering tailored cyber security awareness and technical training.

These projects support Australia’s objectives of building cyber security capability for a strong and resilient cyber security posture and using digital technology to achieve sustainable development and inclusive economic growth.

CyberCX is Australia’s largest pure-play cyber security service provider. Bringing together the nation’s leading cyber experts, CyberCX provides comprehensive end-to-end services to Australian enterprises and governments.

Cyber Law International raises awareness of the application of international law in cyberspace.

Cyber Law International delivers executive education to officials in the Indo-Pacific region, including:

  • the International Law of Cyber Operations Foundation Course
  • Alumni Workshops for graduates of the Foundation Course
  • online seminars as part of the “Women in International Security and Cyberspace Fellowship”, and
  • A  course focusing on the intersection between State interests and individual rights.

This partnership aligns with Australia’s objectives to promote responsible state behaviour in cyberspace and respect for human rights online by equipping trainees with awareness and knowledge of international law, norms and confidence building measures to apply in the online environment.

Cyber Law International is a boutique law firm with world-class expertise in the international law governing state and non-state activities in cyberspace. The company offers professional training, consultation, and research services to governments, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, technology firms, and others involved in international cyber affairs worldwide.

Partnering with FireEye to work with the Philippines to enhance its cyber security resilience, such as delivering training in cyber security operations and risk assessments. This project supports Australia’s objective of building cyber security capability for a strong and resilient cyber security posture.

Separately, DFAT has previously partnered with FireEye to deliver cyber security assessments and training in Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

FireEye is a global cyber security services company spanning threat intelligence, incident response and consulting.

Partnering with Independent Diplomat to strengthen the capacity of Pacific island leaders, officials, and negotiators to engage in UN cyber processes as well as supporting the development of confidence building measures.

This project supports Australia’s objectives of stronger global cybercrime cooperation and fostering an international cyber stability framework that promotes responsible state behaviour in cyberspace.

Independent Diplomat is a group of former diplomats and policy experts working to provide advice and support to democratic groups and smaller governments to enhance their participation in the international system.

Partnering with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) on an initiative focused on building digital media literacy to counter digital disinformation relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project is focused on enhancing digital media literacy in civil society organisations in Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. The Cyber and Critical Tech Cooperation Program is also partnering with IFES in Indonesia.

These projects support Australia’s objectives of strengthening cyber and critical technology resilience in the Mekong as well as promoting human rights and democracy online.

IFES is a not-for-profit that engages with critical issues in democracy, governance and elections around the world. They provide technical assistance and applied research to develop individual, institutional and collaborative capacities to strengthen democracy.

Partnering with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to deliver a project on enhancing the development of standards and frameworks for critical technologies in Southeast Asia.

This project supports Australia’s objective of enhancing Southeast Asian countries’ engagement with critical technology standards.

The ITU is a United Nations specialised agency for information and communications technologies with the mission to achieve the best practical solutions for integrating new technologies as they develop, and to spread their benefits to all.  

Macquarie University is delivering a targeted technical cyber security training program to building awareness, knowledge and capability in incident response in Indonesia.

A series of workshops for government agencies, industry representatives and academics in Indonesia is a commitment under the Australia-Indonesia Memorandum of Understanding on Cyber Cooperation. This project supports Australia’s objective to build cyber security capability for a strong and resilient cyber security posture.

Supporting New America to undertake research to better understand the effectiveness and use of innovative digital technologies in the Mekong region.

This project supports Australia’s objective of strengthening cyber and critical technology resilience in the Mekong.

New America is a think tank and civic innovation platform that connects a research institute, technology lab, solutions network, media hub and public forum to confront the challenges caused by rapid technical and social change through research and evidence-based policy.

Plan International Australia and its partners ChildFund Australia and the Young and Resilient Research Centre at Western Sydney University, are jointly supporting Solomon Islands’ youth to identify online risks and apply protective strategies for responsible and safe internet usage; as well as equipping caregivers with skills to support online safety.

Plan International Australia is collaborating with key stakeholders such as the Ministry of Communication and Aviation, Honiara City Council, YWCA, and the Australian Federal Police Cyber Safety Pasifika program to promote safe online environments.

This project supports Australia’s objective to promote and protect human rights online. It equips young people, their parents, and their community, with the knowledge and skills to promote youth-led and gender-responsive approaches to online safety that respects and promotes the rights of children and young people in the Pacific.

Plan International is an International Organisation that strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

PaCSON enables cooperation and collaboration by empowering members to share cyber security threat information, tools, techniques and ideas.

A key deliverable of Australia’s 2017 International Cyber Engagement Strategy, PaCSON was established in April 2018 with support from the Cyber and Critical Tech Cooperation Program. This initiative supports Australia’s objective to build cyber security capability for a strong and resilient cyber security posture.

PaCSON is a network of government-designated cyber security incident response officials comprising of the following members: Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

Partnering with PILON to strengthen regional responses to cybercrime.

This includes implementation of best practice legislation in line with the Budapest Convention. The Cyber and Critical Tech Cooperation Program supports an annual PILON regional cybercrime workshop, where Pacific legal officers discuss pressing cybercrime issues and identify suitable legal responses. This partnership aligns with Australia’s objective of stronger cybercrime prevention, prosecution and cooperation within the Pacific.

PILON is a network of senior law officers from Pacific island countries, including Australia and New Zealand, who come together to address domestic and regional law and justice issues.

Retrospect Labs is delivering a cyber security exercise program to improve the readiness of critical infrastructure organisations within the ASEAN region.

Through tailored and expertly crafted exercise scenarios and a partnership approach to training, Retrospect Labs partners with critical infrastructure organisations to prepare them for a cyber security incident, so they can more effectively respond to the various, commonly-faced cyber threats.

This project supports Australia’s objective to build cyber security capability for a strong and resilient cyber security posture.

Retrospect Labs is a company that specialises in delivering world class exercises, to help organisations prepare for any cyber security incident. It uses exercises to expose organisations to the malicious tradecraft adversaries use to compromise victim networks in a safe way, and train them in how to respond effectively, minimising the impact and harm from an incident.

Partnering with Standards Australia to build knowledge, understanding and practical skills to accelerate development, adoption and use of recognised international standards for Critical and Emerging Technology within ASEAN, in collaboration with Australia’s trade and security partners.

Standards Australia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, recognised by the Australian Government as the peak non-government Standards body in Australia, and a member body of both the ISO and IEC, two major international Standards Development Organisations.

TAFE Queensland is working with key government and healthcare stakeholders within the ASEAN region to build institutional cyber security knowledge, including responding to emerging cyber threat trends linked to COVID-19.

TAFE Queensland is delivering training to enable development of organisational cyber security and incident response and recovery policies; mature approaches to analysing and harnessing cyber security data to inform policy and resource allocation; and promoting and leveraging the role of women in the field of cyber security.

This initiative supports Australia’s objective to build cyber security capability for a strong and resilient cyber security posture.

TAFE Queensland is the most experienced provider of further education and training in Queensland and is committed to innovative delivery of professional, industry-relevant training.

The Australian National University is building cyber capacity across the region through the delivery of the Cyber Bootcamp project.

The Cyber Bootcamp projects enables Indo-Pacific partner countries to address the full breadth of cyber challenges and build cyber capability at the national and regional level by learning directly form Australian cyber policy and operational specialists across government, academia and the private sector. This partnership contributes to Australia’s objective of enhancing understanding of the comprehensive agenda of cyber affairs in the Indo-Pacific.

The Cyber and Critical Tech Cooperation Program is also partnering with ANU and CSIRO's Data61 to support short-term fellowships in Data61 to build data skills and help solve difficult, high-value development and data-related problems. This project supports Australia's objective of best practice use of technology to support economic growth and sustainable development. 

Partnering with Trustwave, an Optus company, to deliver tailored cyber security advisory and technical support to the Pacific region. 

The Cyber Security Services in the Pacific project involves Trustwave working in partnership with the Governments of Fiji, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu to enhance their national cyber security and incident response capabilities. This will occur through a series of assessments, training and provision of foundational infrastructure and services. 

Trustwave is a leading cybersecurity and managed security services provider focused on threat detection and response.

The UNODC is raising awareness on cryptocurrency crime in the ASEAN region.

The projects aims to strengthen the investigative capacity of specialized units; highlight gaps in legislation and offer tools to address them through tailored recommendations; and enhance regional cooperation best practice.

The project contributes to Australia’s objective of strengthening cybercrime prevention, prosecution and cooperation.

UNODC, through its Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section, leads counter-cybercrime capacity-building, technical assistance, and preventive diplomacy. From darkweb-investigation support, to cryptocurrency policy advice and member-state diplomacy, UNODC helps to counter some of the most challenging crime threats to society. Established in 1997, UNODC operates in all regions of the world through an extensive network of field offices.

Partnering with University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) to develop government capacity and expertise in using Artificial Intelligence technology ethically for public sector service delivery in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

UTS is a public research university located in Sydney, Australia.  

In Timor-Leste, Willyama Services will work to upskill Timorese counterparts to enhance its cyber security awareness and resilience.

This initiative supports Australia's objective to build cyber security capability for a strong and resilient cyber security posture.

Willyama Services is Australia's only 100% Aboriginal owned and Supply Nation-certified information technology and cyber security company operating nationally. Willyama is committed to the advancement of opportunities for Indigenous Australians in the successful delivery of ICT projects to our clients in the government, commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Willyama is also committed to the long-term improvement of indigenous employment opportunities across Australia through the Reconciliation Action Plan, Aboriginal Apprenticeships Scheme and Cultural Awareness Training.

Former Partners

The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with Catherine Smith Consulting to support development and implementation of cybercrime legislation in Tonga.

Catherine Smith is an independent consultant providing advice in the area of cybercrime.

The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with Ionize to deliver cyber security capacity training to technical staff within Papua New Guinea's National Information and Communications Technology Authority (NICTA).

The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with the e-Governance Academy and ASPI to build digital service delivery capacity in the Indo-Pacific.

The project brought together Pacific government officials to assess existing e-Governance capabilities and the required resources to achieve each country’s desired digital transformation. The final report is found here.

Founded in 2002, the e-Governance Academy is a non-profit think tank and consultancy organisation: a joint initiative of the Government of Estonia, Open Society Institute and the United Nations Development Programme.

The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with the Foundation for Media Alternatives to advance human rights and democratic principles in the digital space in the Philippines.

Founded in 1987, the Foundation for Media Alternatives works with citizens, and marginalised communities in particular, to strategically and appropriately use information and communications technologies for democratisation and empowerment.

The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST) to conduct cyber security breach workshops and training for Pacific governments.

The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with the ICT 4 Peace Foundation to deliver cyber security policy and diplomacy workshops.

ICT4Peace promotes cybersecurity and a peaceful cyberspace through international negotiations with governments, international organisations, companies and non-state actors. Further details on the workshop is found here.

The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) to mainstream human rights in cyber law reform in Indonesia through awareness raising and capacity building.

ELSAM is a policy advocacy organisation based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with Monash University to deliver a cyber security awareness program in Myanmar.

Monash University is a public research university based in Melbourne, Australia.

The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with RMIT University's Australian APEC Study Centre to explore the application of block chain technology to support digital business and entrepreneurship in Papua New Guinea.

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise.

The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with Standards Australia to strengthen the cyber security environment in the Pacific Region.

Standards Australia worked with Pacific government officials to consider harmonisation with JTC 1 SIO/IEC 27000 Information Security Management System group of international standards. The report is found here.

Standards Australia is the leading independent, non-government organisation specialising in the development and adoption of internationally-aligned standards in Australia.

The Cyber Cooperation Program partnered with an IT training company With You With Me to deliver a train the trainer program of cyber security training in Fiji.