ACCCE Research Working Group


The Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) Research Working Group was established in April 2019 to inform and influence child exploitation research undertaken in Australia.

The group includes subject matter experts from law enforcement, Commonwealth agencies, universities and non-government organisations (NGOs) across Australia. Their advice complements nationally coordinated strategies to prevent the exploitation of children.

Academics who are undertaking research involving child exploitation can have their proposal endorsed by the ACCCE Research Working Group prior to applying for funding.

How to receive endorsement

To receive endorsement you will need to complete the ACCCE Research Working Group Proposal template and include:

  • the knowledge gap this research will fill,
  • how this research contributes to protecting children in Australia and overseas, and
  • the main ethical considerations for this research.

Once complete, please email your proposal to for consideration.

What we do

The ACCCE Research Working Group informs and influences child exploitation research undertaken in Australia by:

  • knowledge gaps in, and conducting mapping of existing research
  • high priority areas of research
  • opportunities for areas of further research
  • funding opportunities for research initiatives.
Providing advice and feedback on:
  • potential research and/ or policy initiatives
  • current and proposed codes of ethics/ conduct/ standards, and
  • draft and existing legislation and ideas for legislative reform.
Coordinating research efforts by:
  • bringing new research ideas to the group for discussion and development
  • linking academic students, research proposals, projects, outcomes and findings with other areas within ACCCE including Prevention and Operations for the purpose of ACCCE specific research
  • facilitating the translation of research into practice
  • promoting the prevention of and response to child exploitation at a national level, and
  • inviting international practitioners to share their research with, and seek advice from the group.