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Veteran skills enlisted to help defend Australia’s welfare system

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Veterans will provide cybersecurity support for the Department of Human Services as part of a veteran employment scheme

The Department of Human Services is partnering with key veterans’ employment agency WithYouWithMe to help give Australias former service men and women much needed opportunities to re-skill for civilian life. 

Up to 36 veterans will be engaged by the Department of Human Services over the next three years to train and work within its cyber security branch, which defends the welfare system against the very real threat of online attacks.

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The recruits have all been hand-picked by training provider WithYouWithMe as part of its 'Talent Unleashed' program, which assists former Navy, Army and Air Force personnel to transition into new careers.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester said the initiative reflected the Turnbull government's strong commitment to ensuring former service personnel were given every chance of success when they left the Australian Defence Force.

"By working and partnering with government, the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the Department of Defence and the business community, we can all help to make a difference in assisting our ex-serving men and women secure meaningful employment on transition," Minister Chester said.

Four of the new recruits will begin work this week and will undergo extensive on-the-job training as they learn to test for vulnerabilities within the department's ICT environment.

They will be in good company, working alongside several senior staff members who have also come from military backgrounds. The Department of Human Services delivers around $175 billion in payments each year to more than 6 million Australians.

While cyber threats are increasing, our ability to fend off attacks is also constantly improving.

Minister for Human Services Michael Keenan said veterans often found making the switch to civilian life challenging and this new training partnership would help them build on the valuable skills they have already attained during their military service.

"Their proven leadership and problem-solving skills make them ideal candidates to work within our cyber security branch where they will continue to help defend Australia, albeit against a different type of threat," Minister Keenan said.

Minister Keenan highlighted the important role these new recruits will play and the support provided by the government's focus on improving national cyber security, saying, "The department's capability in this critical area was recognised last year when the Australian National Audit Office found it was cyber resilient and meets the top four mitigation strategies of the Australian Signals Directorate."

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