Awareness Week

The 2014 Awareness Week will be held from 2 to 6 June 2014 to find an event near you click here.

The 2014 Awareness Week has also had a name change, and will now be known as Stay Smart Online Week. It will be the seventh consecutive Awareness Week conducted by the Australian Government in partnership with industry, community and consumer organisations and all levels of government.

The aim of Awareness Week is to help Australians using the internet – whether at home, the workplace or school – understand the simple steps they can take to protect their personal and financial information online.

This year's theme - 'On The Go' - reflects the importance of staying safe and secure online while using mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, which are used to stay connected for social networking, banking, shopping, and navigating the internet.

With more than 1,500 partners (including around 700 schools) coming together for the 2014 Awareness Week, the message of online security will again be heard around Australia through a range of events, including seminars, webinars, media, social media, and other distribution channels.

See the full listing of 2014 Awareness Week partners.

Why is online security awareness important?

The internet has increasingly become part of our daily life. It provides a way for us to socialise, shop, transact and do business, which means we are sharing more and more personal and financial information online. In doing so we potentially expose ourselves to number of online risks which we need to be aware of and properly manage.

That is why it is important that we better understand how to stay safe and secure on the internet.

Under the Australian Government's Stay Smart Online Program a range of initiatives, including National Stay Smart Online Awareness Week, help Australians understand online security and safety and the measures they can take to protect their personal and financial information.

Get involved

There are many ways you can become involved in  the 2014 Stay Smart Online Week:

Become a partner for 2014

A partner simply means supporting activities and messages to promote Stay Smart Online Week. There are no financial obligations or legal contracts involved – all that is needed is an organisation's commitment to help spread the message about online security. Contact us for more information or download the Partner Information Pack.

Spread Awareness Week messages

Free materials are available to promote Stay Smart Online Week for staff, households, businesses and consumer channels.

A suite of soft copy materials are also produced throughout the year for partners to distribute, free-of-charge.

Share research and information

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Remember the Top 10 Tips

Stay Smart Online encourages all Australians to remember these ten simple tips to improve their online security:

  1. Install and update your security software and set it to scan regularly
  2. Turn on automatic updates on all your software, particularly your operating system and applications
  3. Use strong passwords and different passwords for different uses
  4. Stop and think before you click on links and attachments
  5. Take care when buying online - research the supplier and use a safe payment method
  6. Only download "apps" from reputable publishers and read all permission requests
  7. Regularly check your privacy settings on social networking sites
  8. Stop and think before you post any photos or financial information online
  9. Talk with your child about staying safe online, including on their smart phone or mobile device
  10. Report or talk to someone if you feel uncomfortable or threatened online - download the Government's Cybersafety Help Button

For more information

For more information or to become involved in Stay Smart Online and Stay Smart Online Week, please contact:

Stay Smart Online Section
Department of Communications
GPO Box 2154
Canberra ACT 2601

Tammy Wolffs
Tel: 02 6271 7062 Fax: 02 6271 1827
Email: awarenessweek@communications.gov.au