We will also seek opportunities to build our capability within our diplomatic network. Those who represent Australia require an in-depth understanding, where needed, of our national interests across cyber and critical technology issues.
Since 2017 we have implemented a Cyber Affairs Curriculum for our Diplomatic Academy to ensure representatives from across Government have a detailed understanding of Australia's cyber affairs agenda. We will expand this curriculum to include critical technology issues.
Prioritising and enhancing our international engagement
Australia will continue to engage with all international partners to promote our cyber and critical technology diplomacy objectives, focusing on the Indo-Pacific region. We will build new and strengthen existing partnerships to help pursue our interests in, and access to, safe, reliable, inclusive and cost-effective critical technologies.
We will strengthen engagement with like-minded democracies to pursue our collective interests and values. These efforts are needed to ensure that cyberspace and the supply and use of critical technologies do not endanger international peace and security and democratic values. Not all countries share these values, and there are diverse perspectives on how to manage the opportunities and risks of cyberspace and critical technology. We will continue to engage with all members of the international community to pursue our national interests.
Harnessing the opportunities of cyberspace and critical technology in the Indo-Pacific is crucial for economic growth, security, and the stability of the region. We recognise the opportunity provided by cyberspace and critical technology to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Indo-Pacific, and reaffirm our commitment to deliver on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
To reflect the expanded scope of the Strategy, our Cyber Cooperation Program will become the Cyber and Critical Technology Cooperation Program. Through the program, Australia will continue to work with our Indo-Pacific partners to build the capacity needed to harness the opportunities of cyberspace and critical technology while mitigating the risks.
We will coordinate with other donors in the region to ensure coherent development programming that maximises impact and sustainability. This includes through our Cyber Policy Dialogues and key regional and multilateral forums, such as the East Asia Summit, the ASEAN Regional Forum and the Pacific Islands Forum, where we work with partners to coordinate, prioritise and complement cyber and critical technology capacity building.
We will enhance our engagement with industry and civil society on cyberspace and critical technology issues, recognising the importance of industry in the design, development and use of critical technologies. Engaging with civil society, academia, and the technical community will help assure new technologies are safer, more transparent, inclusive and explainable.
To promote research and strengthen understanding of cyber and critical technology issues, Australia established the Quad Tech Network (QTN) in 2020. The QTN funds public-facing, policy-relevant research from think-tanks and academic institutions in Quad countries (Australia, Japan, India and the United States). We will continue to engage with the research community to strengthen understanding of cyber and critical technology issues.
By prioritising our cyber and critical technology diplomacy, we will position Australia as an active, trusted and influential leader that shapes international approaches on cyber and critical technology. Australia will actively shape the design, development and use of critical technology in line with our liberal democratic values and interests in a safe, secure and prosperous world.