The Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation was announced by the Prime Minister on 25 March 2018, as a measure of the 2018-19 Commonwealth Budget.
The Centre brings together a world-leading approach, incorporating key stakeholders and partners, and driving a collective effort to counter the epidemic of child exploitation. It provides an integrated and collaborative capability to ensure cohesion by using the expertise of federal, state and territory, non-government agencies and private industry, and by allowing a cross-pollination of resources, knowledge and skillsets between stakeholders.
In partnership, the ACCCE will work to free children from exploitation through its four pillars, Prepare, Prevent, Protect and Pursue. The Centre will:
The Centre has been established in response to an exponential increase in reports of the online exploitation of children.
No region is untouched and no country is immune from this crime.
The ACCCE Blueprint is a culmination of 12 months of design work since the formal establishment of the ACCCE on 1 July 2018. It sets out why the ACCCE was established, and how it will operate, aligned to its mission of driving a collaborative national response to counter the exploitation of children.
A Board of Management (BoM), provides the strategic direction for the ACCCE, and is responsible for ensuring the ACCCE is operating in line with its purpose and all relevant legal, financial, and ethical considerations. The BoM meets quarterly and is co-chaired by Deputy Commissioner Investigations Ian McCartney and Deputy Commissioner Specialist and Support Operations Karl Kent.
Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing (Chair)
Deputy Commissioner Operations
Australian Federal Police
Deputy Commissioner Justine Saunders
Australian Border Force
Mr. Jeremy Johnson
Chief of Staff
Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
Assistant Commissioner Lesa Gale
Assistant Commissioner Northern Command
Australian Federal Police
Ms. Julie Inman Grant
Office of the eSafety Commissioner
Ms. Rebekah Kilpatrick
Acting Head of National Office for Child Safety
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Deputy Commissioner Tracey Linford
Crime, Counter-Terrorism and Specialist Operations
Queensland Police Service
A/Deputy Commissioner Gary Budge
Western Australia Police Force
|First Assistant Secretary Hamish Hansford|
Cyber, Digital and Technology Policy Division
Department of Home Affairs
Drawing upon the expertise of federal, state and territory law enforcement, government and non-government agencies, private industry, academia, international partners and a cross-pollination of resources, knowledge and skillsets to counter online exploitation.