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Newsletter - June 2019

ACCCE quarterly


Working together to counter online child exploitation


Break-out area at the new ACCCE Brisbane offices

A break-out area at the new ACCCE premises encourages collaborative work, ad-hoc interactions and gatherings


New world class premises for the ACCCE

In April 2019, the AFP-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) announced their new premises in Brisbane. It will be a national coordination hub of knowledge, expertise, intelligence, resources and tools to support Australian law enforcement agencies to recover victims from harm and prosecute offenders.

The two-storey sole tenancy building will provide a focal point for expert and specialised personnel from law enforcement, government and non-government organisations, private industry and academia, dedicated to countering the online exploitation of children.

The building design process involved engaging with stakeholders to ensure the vision and objectives of all functions within the ACCCE are represented, so the resulting space is truly reflective of the culture of the ACCCE and its mission.

A variety of informal and formal workspaces enables collaborative work but also encourages ad-hoc interactions and gatherings. Drop-in desk spaces and meeting rooms with access to state-of-the-art facilities enable a high-tech working and presentation space on the ground floor, while highly enabled and flexible rooms on level one provide world class facilities for operational teams to focus on delivering more efficient processing and prioritisation of the voluminous international and national online child exploitation reports.

At full capacity the new ACCCE office will house approximately 75-100 staff by 2020.

Attendees at the announcement included Minister for Home Affairs the Hon. Peter Dutton, who toured the new premises, Commander Justine Gough, Manager Child Protection Operations, and Detective Superintendent Dan Evans, Coordinator ACCCE Operations.

A multi-agency Memorandum of Understanding is being finalised to facilitate partner agency secondments into the ACCCE.

Learn more about the ACCCE.

ACCCE Brisbane building

The new ACCCE premises in Brisbane

Hon. Peter Dutton tours the new ACCCE premises

Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon. Peter Dutton, is shown the new building designs by Manager Child Protection, Commander Justine Gough, and Coordinator ACCCE Operations, Daniel Evans

A quote on the ACCCE

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We are all here with one united goal; every one of us has one passion, to protect and empower our children and keep them safe from sexual exploitation.


ACCCE funding and opportunities

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World Congress: Call for submissions

The 8th Family Law and Children’s Rights Conference, to be held in Singapore from 19-22 July 2020, will bring together up to 1000 attendees from the legal sector, government, non-government organisations, academics, social scientists, medical professionals, and law enforcement from across the world.

The theme of the Conference is 2020 Vision: Through the Eyes of a Child.

As part of the AFP’s partnership with the World Congress, eight sessions will be dedicated to law enforcement-specific topics.

Call for abstracts are now being sought, with a specific stream focused on trends, issues, and countering the exploitation of children. We encourage you to submit an abstract relevant to the issue of child exploitation by 31 July 2019.

If you would like to discuss the World Congress, or your abstract prior to submission, please contact the ACCCE on accce@afp.gov.au.

Small grants for State and Territory police

The ACCCE, through the AFP, recently developed and conducted a grant funding program to assist State and Territory police to deliver initiatives which support a national response to counter online child exploitation.

State and Territory police were invited to submit proposals aimed at enhancing capability, accessing or providing training, developing prevention, disruption, engagement, research, investigation, or legal framework initiatives or activities, or equipment enhancements.

The ACCCE provided a total of $175,000 as part of the grant funding program, including a secondment to the ACCCE.

Cambridge scholarship recipient

Congratulations to Detective Chief Inspector Catherine Hilliard from South Australia Police who has been awarded a Cambridge scholarship.

The Cambridge scholarship is supported through the ACCCE, in partnership with Cambridge University.

In February 2019, expressions of interest were sought from State and Territory police for a suitable representative to undertake the Masters of Applied Criminology and Police Management (Masters of Studies) program at Cambridge University. The program provides training for senior police officers in crime and harm-reduction issues, with an emphasis on evidence-based policing and practice.

A number of high quality expressions of interest were received, with strong interest from almost all State and Territory police services. Following a rigorous selection process, Detective Chief Inspector Catherine Hilliard was the successful applicant, and will undertake a two-year scholarship, including three, two-week residencies in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.


ACCCE stakeholder news

Opening of Daniel House

The ACCCE would like to congratulate the Daniel Morcombe Foundation on their recent Grand Opening of Daniel House.

Bruce and Denise Morcombe officially opened Daniel House in front of 150 invited guests, including over 100 local businesses who contributed to the project.

Daniel House is now the Foundation's National Office and includes the ‘Walk Tall’ Program which offers free counselling services for child survivors of crime. Bruce explains, "Modern, best practice, evidence-based, responsive, effective, meaningful and engaging child safety education can be delivered in a very cost effect way right here, on-site”.

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation will continue to deliver its 'Keeping Kids Safe’ programs and resources, and coordinate Australia's largest National day of action on child safety awareness, Day for Daniel.

Holly Brennan, CEO of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation said, "We will work every day to prevent and respond to child abuse from our new hub".

For further information about the Daniel Morcombe Foundation go to www.danielmorcombe.com.au.

ACCCE members at Daniel House opening
Bruce and Denise Morcombe with Acting Coordinator ACCCE Prevention and Engagement Trish Halligan, Detective Superintendent Matthew Gale, Coordinator ACCCE Business Strategy and Implementation Marina Simoncini, and Detective Inspector Jon Rouse, Queensland Police Service, outside Daniel House

Safety tip from the Daniel Morcombe Foundation’s Personal Safety Fact Sheet

Have an awareness of the day-to-day life of your child.

  • Who are their friends?
  • Where are they spending most of their time?
  • What are they doing online and who are they communicating with?
  • How can they contact you if there is a problem?

Make sure they know how to report and get support.

Daniel Morcombe Foundation t-shirt

Do it for Dolly Day

Do It For Dolly Day, on 10 May, 2019, spread the Dolly’s Dream message throughout the community and raised awareness about bullying, support for those impacted by bullying, and educational resources for parents whose children may be bullied or bullying.

Participants were asked to commemorate and celebrate Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett by wearing blue, fundraising, showing kindness, helping out at home, telling a joke, or telling their family how much they love them.

AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin wears blue for Dolly

AFP Commissioner Andrew Colvin supporting #doitfordollyday


Research and training

Working Groups as a principle of partnership

Recognising the borderless nature of child exploitation, the ACCCE is founded on a principle which recognises the critical involvement of partner agencies. The ACCCE has held a series of Working Groups across the country, including Prevention (Awareness and Education), Research, Intelligence, Legal, and Operational (including Covert Online and Victim Identification), to inform future strategies for countering online child exploitation.

The Working Groups include subject matter experts from Commonwealth agencies, non-government organisations, law enforcement and industry to inform nationally coordinated strategies and frameworks to prevent and disrupt child exploitation.

The Research Working Group, which will focus on the national coordination of research efforts, includes the Australian Institute of Criminology, AFP, Department of Home Affairs, Office of the eSafety Commissioner, Department of Communications, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, PartnerSPEAK, Bravehearts Foundation, UNICEF Australia, University of Tasmania, University of Canberra and the Australian National University.

The Working Groups are designed to ensure a unified and coordinated approach in achieving the common goal of freeing children from exploitation in Australia.

Prevention Awareness Working Group

Members of the Prevention Awareness Working Group, Brisbane, March 2019

National victim identification course

The ACCCE delivered a National Griffeye User and Train the Trainer course to 20 participants drawn from Australian State, Territory, and New Zealand Law Enforcement Agencies in March 2019.

The training brought together victim identification specialists from Australia and New Zealand to increase capability in the use of specialised software program Griffeye DI Pro. The Train the Trainer component establishes a national capability to deliver this training in the future.

The ACCCE will continue to engage closely with Australian New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA) victim identification specialists to design and deliver a national standard of training for victim identification specialists.


Market research used to identify Australian prevention messages

The ACCCE Prevention and Engagement team has commissioned explorative market research to identify the most effective prevention messages and approaches to counter online child exploitation.

The research will identify the knowledge, perceptions and attitudes of Australian parents, carers and teachers (of school-aged children) to craft persuasive messaging, identify the appropriate communication channels, and ultimately create behavioural change.

Results will be used to inform future strategies and approaches to prevent the online exploitation of children in the Australian community.


Dogs to detect electronic evidence

The ACCCE funded the AFP National Canine Operations and Queensland Police Service members to visit the Electronic Storage Detection (ESD) Canine program and the FBI’s Electronic Detection K9 Unit in Meriden, Connecticut, USA. The AFP will implement training to develop a national ESD Detection Dog capability to be used across various crime types.


ACCCE visits

German Ministry of the Interior

In March 2019, the AFP welcomed the German Ministry of the Interior to discuss Australia’s coordinated response to protect children from online exploitation through the establishment of the ACCCE, its operational coordination perspective, and interoperability with domestic and international law enforcement agencies and non-government organisations. Mr. Gerd Hardt, Deputy CIO, Head of Subdivision IT-Infrastructure, and Ms. Susanne Matthey, Program Manager Police 2020, Head of Division, attended the visit.

ASEAN Secretariat Delegation

Another March discussion included insights into the collaborative international experience and dynamic with South-East Asian countries. Attendees included Ms. Megan Jones, Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Mission to ASEAN, Ms. Rodora Turalde-Babaran, Director, Human Development Directorate, Professor Raymund Quilop, Assistant Director, ASEAN Political-Security Analysis and Monitoring Division.


Face of the ACCCE

The ‘Face of the ACCCE’ introduces you to the ACCCE team; their roles, responsibilities and personalities!

Coordinator ACCCE OperationsD/Supt. Daniel Evans

Based in Brisbane, Detective Superintendent Daniel Evans is tasked with establishing the operational arm of the ACCCE. Dan leads stakeholder collaboration, particularly with State and Territory police, to develop national frameworks for training and specialist investigation capabilities. D/Supt Dan Evans has a strong background in law enforcement, having worked with the Queensland Police Service between 2002 and 2007, and for the past 12 years with the AFP across national and international functions.

We spoke with Dan...

What interests you most about working at the ACCCE?
It’s a wonderful opportunity to implement a centre and lasting frameworks which promote national collaboration.

What was your previous role?
Coordinator, Victim Based Crime and Cyber, Sydney Office.

What would you like to achieve in the next 12 months within the ACCCE?
I would like to provide a centre where law enforcement and civil society come to work together.

Favourite song, movie or book?
With two boys aged 2 and 4 my favourite books are all bedtime stories. The Very Cranky Bear and The Hungry Bear get extended runs.


Upcoming Events

1-7 July 2019
Bravehearts 777 Marathon
Runners will tackle 7 marathons across 7 states in just 7 days.

2-4 July 2019
INTERPOL World 2019
This three-day conference in Singapore will focus on the security and public safety issues of the future.

12-15 August 2019
Crimes Against Children Conference
Held in Texas, US, this conference provides practical and interactive instruction to those fighting crimes against children and helping children heal.

24-26 August 2019
10th Indigenous Women’s Conference: Empowering Change
Australia's premier Indigenous women's cultural gathering. In Alice Springs.

26-28 August 2019
Youth, Technology & Virtual Communities Conference 2019
The latest developments, strategies and solutions in the collaborative effort of combating crimes against children, at this Queensland conference.


Contact the ACCCE

Only by working together can we combat the online exploitation of children.

If you think a child is in immediate danger call Triple Zero (000), Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000, or your local police.

Visit www.accce.gov.au/report for details on how to report crime.

Ask the ACCCE a question, provide feedback or suggest content for future newsletters at www.accce.gov.au/contact-us.


ACCCE LogoVision: Children are free from exploitation
Mission: To drive a collaborative national response to counter the exploitation of children


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