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National Awareness Week

Each year, through Stay Smart Online Week, the Australian Government works in collaboration with other agencies, industry, small business operators and community groups to raise awareness about the ways people can protect themselves online.

The national awareness week is typically held in October each year and focuses on a key theme that highlights an important safety message.

Stay Smart Online Week

In its first year (2008), Stay Smart Online Week started with around 50 partners. Since then, more organisations have joined together to promote the week to their staff, customers and other constituents through events, media opportunities, and online and hard copy distribution of materials.

In 2016, we reached over 400,000 individuals and businesses around Australia and shared tips and resources across nations, working closely with New Zealand on new resources for individuals and businesses.

The Stay Smart Online program demonstrates that the partnership approach between business and government is an effective way to boost Australia's cyber resilience.

By encouraging business to share their experience and best practices, it empowers other organisations to learn to better protect their customer information.

Our Stay Smart Online partners are an invaluable asset in helping to spread key online safety and security messages throughout the community.

2017 Awareness Week

The dates and theme for this year’s national cyber safety awareness week are still being finalised – check back here in a few weeks!

2016 Awareness Week

Last year's Stay Smart Online Week was held from 10-14 October, to coincide with Cyber Security Awareness Month in the United States. Our partners held a variety of online and face to face events to share the message of online safety to their communities.

The theme was 'Cyber safety from the lounge room to the board room'. This highlighted that how we behave online in our personal life can impact the habits and behaviours we take to the workplace, and vice versa. We worked with partner organisations to highlight the importance of raising awareness of online safety amongst employees, and making online safety relevant by showing how the habits we learn at work also benefit us at home.

The week was opened by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, Dan Tehan. At the opening event, Minister Tehan launched three new resources that outline the simple steps that individuals and businesses can take to protect themselves and their business online:

These resources were developed in partnership with Telstra, Australia Post, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, Commonwealth Bank, Westpac and National Australia Bank.