The company behind the National Broadband Network (NBN) says it will add 700 new high skill jobs to the Victorian economy in a deal with the Andrews government to build a Cyber Security Operations Centre in Melbourne.

The Federal Minister for Communicatins Mitch Fifield joined the state government’s Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Philip Dalidakis to announce the jobs as the NBN looks to accelerate a rollout that aims to connect all of Australia by 2020.

They said the 700 new high-skill jobs in Melbourne will be added over the next five years, with 400 over two years and 300 more to be generated by the project in construction, maintenance and technical support roles.

NBN’s Cyber Security Operations Centre, described as the first line of defence for NBN against cyber threats, is also being established in Docklands and will provide services including detection, identification, triage and management of cyber events and incident response.

“In coming years, millions of Australians will be reliant on the NBN so it is vital that this important infrastructure is protected at all times,” Mr Fifield said.

“Highly skilled technical specialists will be employed at the new 24-hour facility and additional roles will be created in specialised ICT and engineering as well as technical support and administration.”

Mr Dalidakis said locating the centre in Melbourne would reinforce what he said was Victoria’s reputation as Australia’s tech hub.

“NBN’s cyber unit is the first line of defence against cyber threats to the network and their investment in Victoria to house the central unit is a huge vote of confidence for our expert information communication capabilities to help safeguard Australia’s digital future,” he said.

There are reports the state spent about $3.5 million on the deal to lure the Centre to Victoria, through the $508 million Premier’s Jobs and Investment Fund.

That fund has also been used to lure a growling list of global tech companies including communications firm Slack, Zendesk, GoPro, Eventbrite and Square.

As first reported by The Australian last week NBN is facing a $640 million bill to repair and replace parts of the decrepit copper network it bought from Telstra to underpin the nation’s biggest-ever infrastructure project.

Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield said the NBN had a solid track record under the ­Coalition. “The multi-technology NBN rollout will require around $30 billion less in peak funding compared to reverting to a fibre-to-the-home plan and it will be finished by 2020,” he said.


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