Australia's Cyber and Critical Tech Cooperation Program works across the Indo-Pacific to improve cyber resilience. Established as the Cyber Cooperation Program in 2016, the program plays an important role in supporting Australia's international cyber engagement which champions an open, free and secure internet.
Cardno manages a Support Unit to provide responsive and efficient expertise to facilitate the effective delivery of the Cyber and Critical Tech Cooperation Program and its activities, including in the areas of contract management, grants management, gender equality and social inclusion (GESI), monitoring and evaluation (M&E), financial management, and general program administration.
The program aims to protect national security and promote international stability, while driving global economic growth and sustainable development. In April 2021, the program was expanded to include cooperation on critical technologies.
By 2025, Australia’s investment will demonstrate how selected states in ASEAN and the Pacific region increase awareness, commitment, action and international engagement to strengthen cyber resilience and build sustainable partners with Australia.
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 the region’s collective interests in cyberspace.