Cyber investigation

The information below remains current as at 29 May 2023.

The Tasmanian Government is investigating the theft of data from a third-party file transfer service used by the Department for Education, Children and Young People.

All individuals directly affected by the cyber incident have been contacted by the department, either via email or mailed letter. Some individuals who were identified as vulnerable were also phoned by the department.

In addition to this, as an over-precautionary measure, the department has communicated with those identified as potentially affected by the data breach.

There have been no further data releases. Please continue to be alert to suspicious financial activity or scams.

We apologise for the impact this has had on you. We are committed to help you and others affected by this situation.

Support and resources

  • Remain vigilant and stay alert for any suspicious financial activity or scams. Scammers may use your personal information to contact you by phone, text or email. Never click on links or provide personal or financial information to someone who contacts you out of the blue. 
  • Visit the Tasmanian Government’s new Defend your data website for cyber safety tips.
  • The Australian Cyber Security Centre website has advice about data security. You can also report to law enforcement via ReportCyber
  • For more information about the cyber incident, refer to the frequently asked questions. If you have any further questions or concerns, contact the Tasmanian Information Service call centre on 1800 567 567 (available weekdays during business hours).
  • If you have any concerns about financial transactions, contact your financial provider.
  • If you are concerned that your identity has been compromised or you have been a victim of a scam, contact your bank immediately and call IDCARE on 1800 595 160. IDCARE is Australia’s national identity and cyber support service.
  • If you are concerned for your immediate safety, contact Tasmania Police on 000.

The Tasmanian Government continues to closely monitor the situation.

Useful Emergency Links

Visit the TasALERT website

TasALERT provides information on all current incidents in Tasmania.