Country Digital Acceleration

In partnership with national leadership, industry & academia, Cisco is fast tracking Australia’s digital agenda through innovation. This enables the country to grow its GDP, create new jobs and provide education across public & private sectors.

Accelerating Digitisation in Australia

Digital transformation and smart infrastructure is important to ensure Australia is future ready in a digital world. Cisco is at the heart of Australia’s digitisation with a strategic Country Impact Plan that aims to deliver 3 key pillars: Innovation Economy, Human Capital and Healthy Communities.

Transforming Australia into a digitally enabled smart city and helping everyone become a digital citizen, Cisco announced it’s plan to invest $61 million over 3 years to work with government, industry and community organisations to develop and fund pivotal projects.

Investment Themes

Digital Government

Programs across K-12 and higher education, healthcare, infrastructure and other select government department and agencies.

Digital Industry

Collaboration with Australian companies from industries such as mining and agriculture, developing digital capabilities that have the potential to positively impact and contribute to Australia’s Gross Domestic Product.

Digital Business

Investing in start-ups, entrepreneurs and venture funds to drive continuous creation of new small and medium-sized businesses as well as ensuring that Australian SMBs get access to digital technologies and services.

Digital Infrastructure

Development that supports a secure transition to the digital services enabled by the National Broadband Network (nbn), 5G, Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence.

Building societal resilience through digital investment

Discover Cisco’s Australian 2020 Digital Readiness Index, a newly released report. 

Inspiring the next generation through innovation

Technology is evolving at rapid speed but how will it impact the future of Australian jobs in every sector?

Research Chair Program

Prof. Reza Nejabati

Future Networks
Visiting Professor, Curtin University, WA
Professor, University of Bristol, UK

Leading the establishment of the Cisco Curtin Centre for Networks, co-located with Innovation Central Perth.    

Research topics will include:

  • Cisco Intent based networking
  • Cisco Digital Network Architecture
  • Zero touch networking
  • AI empowered autonomous networks
  • Quantum Internet

Prof. Wei Xiang

AI and IoT
La Trobe University, VIC

Professor of AI and IoT and Director of the Cisco-La Trobe Centre for AI and IoT, based at La Trobe's Bundoora's campus. Wei is engaged with Innovation Central Melbourne and focuses on the development of R&D Strengths around:

  • AI
  • IoT
  • Data analytics
  • Computer vision
  • 5G/6G and IoT communications
  • AI for cybersecurity

Prof. Trish Williams

Digital Health
Flinders University, SA

Professor in Digital Health Systems at Flinders University in South Australia. Co-Director of the Flinders Digital Health Research Centre and Director of the Cisco-Flinders Digital Health Design Lab.

Engaged with developing the Innovation Central Adelaide.

National Priorities

Cisco’s digital transformation strategy for Australia starts not just by building a solid infrastructure to support the government’s digital agenda, but also committed investments to developing a digital government, digital industries and digital businesses through initiatives focused on 6 key priorities:

Secure Australia

Jobs, Skills and Sustainable Growth

Empowering individuals with future skills through our Networking Academy


Enabling digitally intuitive campuses that foster innovation for students


Simplifying clinical workflows, enabling telehealth and collaboration with Webex

Transport and Infrastructure

Improving safety, mobility and operational efficiency with technology solutions

Small Business and Regional Communities

Lifting the digital capability of small and medium businesses across Australia

Cisco’s Digital Program Highlights

Digital Schools Network – New look registration process

Check out our new look registration process for schools. This is a free resource for schools to access quality learning content as part of our Digital Schools Network Program.

The Tipping Point for Digitisation of Education and Campuses

Can this time of change be a catalyst to accelerate digitisation? Education is at a tipping point. Learn what it means for your institution and how Cisco and Optus securely enabled distance learning at University of Western Australia. 

Ensuring Safer Healthcare Wireless – Backed by Evidence

Ready to ensure safer wireless in your healthcare facility? Our experts share best practices and a helpful guide.

Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES)

AIMES is a world-first living laboratory based on the streets of Melbourne, established to test highly integrated transport technology. Current trials leverage on infrastructure for autonomous vehicles and edge computing, with a goal to improve road safety.

Cisco's Simplified Secure SD-WAN solutions enabled by business nbn™*

Cisco is announcing simplified reference designs for Secure SD-WAN enabled by business nbn™ building on the Cisco and NBN Co collaboration announcement in 2019, to enhance and accelerate the digital capability of Australian businesses