nbn will create up to 700 new high-skill jobs in Melbourne to support the broadband rollout and increase cyber security.

Minister for Communications, Mitch Fifield, said, “In addition to expanding its Network and Services Operations Centre (NSOC) in Docklands, nbn is establishing a new Cyber Security Operations Centre– the front line for defending the nbn against cyber-attack,”

A new 24 hour facility will employ skilled technical specialists with roles in ICT, engineering, technical support and administration.

“In coming years, millions of Australians will be reliant on the nbn, so it is vital that continued cyber security for this important infrastructure is protected and in place at all times,” Mr Fifield said.

In recent years, nbn has established several facilities in Victoria including the network’s nerve centre and equipment testing hub.

The nbn workforce based in Victoria currently employs more than 2,300 with corporate headquarters based in Sydney and a customer service centre on the Gold Coast.

As broadband over HFC and vectored VDSL services are implemented, the nbn is planned to double every year for the next three years.

As the network expands, the internal nbn workforce will also grow in key skill areas including HFC engineering, ICT operations and technical support.

Across Australia, nbn predicts around 4,500 new construction jobs will be created to support the scaled rollout of the nbn. This will see the current project construction workforce doubled to around 9,000 workers.

These new jobs come after nbn created a workforce training initiative to support a faster rollout, which includes $40 million in funding over the next four years to drive skills-based training programs for its new workforce.

The nbn rollout is gathering pace in Victoria with the start of fibre-to-the-node construction. This technology removes the need for in-home rewiring and civil work on private property.

The nbn network is currently on track to be completed by 2020.

Jessica Dickers is an experienced journalist, editor and content creator who is currently the Editor of Utility’s sister publication, Infrastructure. With a strong writing background, Jessica has experience in journalism, editing, print production, content marketing, event program creation, PR and editorial management. Her favourite part of her role as editor is collaborating with the sector to put together the best industry-leading content for the audience.

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