Enrolments: 432,326

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 8,865

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 423,461

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a taster of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

ADF Cyber Gap Program 2022

After two very successful rounds last year, the Department of Defence is once again partnering with the Australian Government to provide the Australian Defence Force Cyber Gap Program. Across both previous rounds, ITM-CSU did extremely well with a crowd of ITM-CSU students accepted into the program.

Keen on applying but need an extra hand? Submit our quick form and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

In the meantime, here are some answers to common questions.

What's the ADF Cyber Gap Program?

The ADF Cyber Gap Program (ADF CGP) is a 12-month program developed in partnership between the Dept of Defence and the Digital Transformation Agency joining tertiary study with extensive career development opportunities, relevant work experience and generous financial support to provide participants with invaluable and competitive career advantages.

The benefits of the program include:

  • Course fees covered (up to $15,000)
  • Textbooks and stationery payment of $600 alongside academic ICT allowance of $2500
  • Two cyber career experiences including online activities
  • Professional ACS membership
  • Mentoring and networking opportunities with experts and peers
  • ADF Cyber Gap Program Completion Certificate from the Joint Cyber Directorate

Participants must be an Australian citizen, currently studying or enrolling into an eligible qualification either part or full-time. Applications opened 1 September 2021 and will close 11.59pm Sunday 31 October.

How is ITM-CSU involved?

You need to be currently studying or enrolling into an eligible qualification to apply for and participate in the ADF program, and we provide a selection of these courses to choose from. We’ve also had around 50 successful students accepted into the ADF program in previous intakes, so we know how to support you and your studies throughout the 12-month program and beyond.

In addition, our courses are entirely online – making it flexible to fit study around work, family and ADF commitments to come.

Neither IT Masters or Charles Sturt University have an affiliation with the Dept of Defence, Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) or its ADF Cyber Gap Program. The application, selection, and facilitation of the program is entirely the responsibility of the Dept of Defence and the APSC.

What courses are eligible?

Our eligible courses are:

If you don’t have any previous university study or an IT background, you may be granted entry to our Graduate Certificate pathway. Note, the only eligible Graduate Certificate available for the ADF Cyber Gap Program is as listed above.

How do I apply?

The application process may sound daunting, but it’s quite simple. To apply for the ADF Cyber Gap Program you must provide proof of enrolment, so the first step is to apply for the eligible course of your choice with ITM-CSU.

You can apply online in 15 minutes here. You’ll have to start in either our January or late February intake, listed in the application form as Term 1 2022 (January) or Session 1 2022 (February). Make sure to have all your required documents handy to speed up our processing time, so you can get your ADF CGP application in sooner:

  • Passport/citizenship certificate
  • CV and/or LinkedIn profile
  • Previous studies transcript/completion certificate

Once we’ve assessed and accepted your application to study, we’ll send through your offer letter and be in touch to talk about your study goals and subject plan.

After you’ve received your offer letter, you’re ready to apply for the ADF program. You can apply online via the application form on the DTA Jobs Board where you’ll be required to submit all the documents listed above plus a passport sized photo.

As part of the ADF CGP application you’ll need to answer a number of questions about your motivations for the program and interest in IT. Take your time with your answers, as previous students have been accepted on their responses and application details alone.

Remember, we aren’t affiliated with the ADF Cyber Gap Program. Once you’ve submitted your application, we’re unable to provide you updates on how it’s progressing. If you have any questions, you can direct them to the ADF Cyber Gap Program at cybergap@apsc.gov.au or (02) 6120 8701.

What if I don't have an IT background?

Don’t worry, you could still gain entry based on work experience through our Graduate Certificate pathway. We’re also here to provide you with the support you need to get started with study, from course planning and subject selection to general check-ins to make sure everything is going alright.

Previous and current ITM-CSU and ADF CGP students have told us plenty of times that an IT background isn’t a huge concern – they’re looking for passion and commitment to learning more about cyber security.

“The great thing about Cyber Security is that it is such a vast field that requires a diversity of skillsets and backgrounds. If you have an interest in the field, don’t be discouraged if you don’t have technical background.”
Kath Taylor, Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security & ADF Cyber Gap Program 2021

Read more about our ADF CGP student experiences here.

When does the ADF CGP run?

The 12-month program is just that – January to December! There are online and in-person (COVID dependent) events throughout the year, however these will be confirmed by the APSC.

You can start in either our January or late February intake and be eligible for the ADF Cyber Gap Program.

Are all of my course fees covered?

Yes – if you’re studying our Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security!

The ADF Cyber Gap Program reimburses course fees up to $15k, which is an entire Grad Cert or 4 subjects of a Masters’. These will need to be studied within the 12-month duration of the program.

Fees are reimbursed, so you’ll have to pay them upfront initially. You can do this via direct payment or deferral to FEE-HELP. Once you’ve passed the subject, you’ll need to provide evidence to the ADF CGP for reimbursement – we’ll help you with this. SSAF fees and/or FEE-HELP indexation won’t be reimbursed, you’ll have to cover these ones.

Don’t forget about the generous textbook and stationery payments, as well as the academic allowance!

You can always cut down on your study time and cost with credit for industry certification or previous studies – find out with our simple form now.

What is the ADF CGP application process like?

The ADF CGP application form consists of personal details plus short answer questions regarding your experience and interest in the program. Make sure you answer each question with honest detail and read through your responses again before submitting.

Applications can’t be saved and submitted later, so we’d recommend you prepare your responses in a separate document before completing the online ADF CGP application.

You’ll need to provide in your application:

  • Passport/citizenship certificate
  • CV and/or LinkedIn profile
  • Previous studies transcript/completion certificate
  • Passport sized photo or clear selfie photo

After the initial ADF CGP application you may be required to attend an online interview and an online selection board session. However, you could be accepted entirely from your application!

Remember, we aren’t affiliated with the ADF Cyber Gap Program. Once you’ve submitted your application, we’re unable to provide you updates on how it’s progressing. If you have any questions, you can direct them to the ADF Cyber Gap Program at cybergap@apsc.gov.au or (02) 6120 8701.

Any tips for the ADF CGP application process?

Previous and current ITM-CSU and ADF Cyber Gap Program students have gladly shared some great tips and tricks for acing your application, and here are some of our favourites:

“Be honest and be genuine. Tell them why you want to move into cyber or why you deserve the opportunity.”
Joe, Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security & ADF Cyber Gap Program 2021

“Do something now, get involved today. Be it small, through online short courses before you start your secondary education.”
Curt, Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security & ADF Cyber Gap Program 2021

“The application process similar to a job application with a written component addressing certain scenarios. It’s worth putting the time and effort into the application and really considering your answers.”
Kath, Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security & ADF Cyber Gap Program 2021

Find more of our ADF CGP student application tips here.

What is the ADF CGP selection process?

We don’t know! Once the ADF CGP application is submitted, that’s it – we have no insight into what goes on from their side.

We’ve seen successful applicants with no IT history at all, and others with 20+ years in the field. The ADF CGP are looking for those with enthusiasm and passion in cyber security with the ability to adapt their current skills into the field.

We recommend everyone interested in the opportunity to apply – you can start with our simple form to find out how studying cyber security might look for you, or read more from our successful ADF CGP students and their selection experiences.

When will I find out if I've been accepted to the ADF CGP?

Sit tight! It’s entirely up to the ADF CGP, so we can’t provide any insight to your progress. However, the ADF CGP have posted that results will be released on 10th December 2021.

If you’re interested in checking your application, please contact the ADF Cyber Gap Program directly at cybergap@apsc.gov.au or (02) 6120 8701.

Who can I contact for help?

We’re always here to help if you need support with starting study, course and subject selection or general study enquiries. Our course advisors and admissions team are ready and waiting to get the ball rolling!

You can fill out our simple form to find out more about starting study or credits available for industry certifications and previous study. You can also contact us directly at info@itmasters.edu.au or 1300 885 685.

Have an ADF CGP related question? We can do our best to help you, but there’s some things we don’t know. We aren’t affiliated with the ADF CGP, so the only information available to us is from their website and previous intake experiences. If you’d like an update on your application or have a question that can’t be answered online, please contact the ADF Cyber Gap Program directly at cybergap@apsc.gov.au or (02) 6120 8701.

Remember, you can catch up on the experiences of some of our successful ADF CGP students here.

Can I live anywhere in Australia?

Sure can! You can live anywhere within Australia, but you do have to live here – you can’t live overseas.

There may be travel required for any in-person events (COVID dependent) throughout the year, but this will be confirmed by the ADF CGP.

Do I have to join the Defence Force?

Not at all. There’s no expectation or obligation to serve in the Defence Force at any stage before or after the program. There’s also no guarantee of employment at the end of the program, however you are encouraged to apply if you wish – or not!

You don’t have to quit your current job, either.

Feel free to reach out to us on 1300 885 685 or admin@itmasters.edu.au if you need more guidance or have any questions.