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Stay Smart Online 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. This year, Stay Smart Online week will take place from 9–13 October, make sure you join our community and get involved!

Stay Smart Online Week 2017

This year’s Stay Smart Online Week will run from Monday 9 October to Friday 13 October. The theme for 2017 is ‘simple steps to online safety’. We will be bringing you easy-to-follow, practical advice to help you stay safe online and learn what to do if things go wrong, whether you are an individual or a small business.

Our 1400 partners across government and business, from large to small, will run activities and provide advice to their staff and customers throughout the week.

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About National Awareness Week

When Stay Smart Online Week started in 2008, we had 50 partners. In 2017, we have 1400 partners helping us to promote the week around Australia, sharing tips and resources with 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 others to learn to better protect their customer information.

Our Stay Smart Online partners are invaluable when it comes to helping spread key online safety and security messages throughout the community.

In 2016, the theme for Stay Smart Online Week (10–14 October) was 'Cyber safety from the lounge room to the board room'. It showed how we behave online in our personal life can impact the habits and behaviours we take to work, and vice versa.

During the week we worked with partner organisations to highlight the importance of raising awareness of online safety among employees, making it relevant by showing how the habits we learn at work also benefit us at home.

Our partners held a variety of events online and face-to-face and by the end of the week, 400,000 individuals and businesses had been involved in the activities run nationwide.

The Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security, Dan Tehan, opened the week, launching three new resources that outlined the simple steps 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