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Working to protect senior Australians

Feature - Senior Australians

Supporting and protecting senior members of our community from online threats is an important focus for the Australian Government, according to the Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton.

‘We want to say to all Australians, particularly older Australians – as they use internet banking, as they converse online, as they use social media, as they answer their emails – we want people to think twice before they provide any details online,’ Minister Dutton told the House of Representatives this week.

‘Banks will not send through emails that require people to click through and provide passport or user ID information.’

Recent estimates suggest the global cost of cybercrime is around $600 billion this year. In Australia, the estimated cost to business and individuals is $7 billion.

‘In 2017 alone, we had 200,000 scams reported to the ACCC, to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network and to other federal and state based agencies,’ Minister Dutton said.

Building our cyber resilience

On average, Australians have around 17 connected devices in their homes and this figure is expected to rise dramatically over the next four years.

The 2017 ACSC Threat Report identified 47,000 cyber related incidents in 2017, which is a 15 per cent increase from 2016.

Minister Dutton told Parliament the Australian government is investing in strengthening the foundations of the nation’s cyber security and building the nation’s cyber resilience.

This includes the launch last month of the Australian Cyber Security Centre, which supports the public, businesses and government by providing advice and information on about threats and how to keep your information and identity safe online.

‘This problem is not going to go away,’ Minister Dutton said. ‘We want to make sure that we can provide every assistance to keep people safe online.’

Learn more and get help

Visit to learn more about cyber security, including common threat types and understanding how passwords can be your first line of defence.

If you think you have been the victim of identity theft, act quickly to avoid further damage. Contact iDcare, a free government-funded service for help.

There is also the Be Connected initiative, the Australian Government’s digital literacy program for older Australians.

The Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) is where you can get the latest warnings and report cybercrime.

Scamwatch can help you to recognise, avoid and report scams.

For cyber security advice or to report a cyber incident or threat, you can email or call 1300 CYBER 1 (1300 292 371).

September 21st, 2018