About the ACCCE


The Australian Federal Police (AFP) led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation or, the ACCCE (pronounced ACE), was announced by the Prime Minister on 25 March 2018, as a measure of the 2018-19 Commonwealth Budget.

The ACCCE 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.

Read the overview of the ACCCE:


Our vision: Children are free from exploitation

Our mission: To drive a collaborative national response to counter the exploitation of children

Our activities: In partnership, the ACCCE will work to free children from exploitation through its four pillars;

  • prepare  future capabilities and technologies to counter child exploitation 
  • prevent the exploitation of children, and intervene earlier in the abuse of victims 
  • protect victims from further victimisation, and protect the wellbeing of members 
  • support authorities to pursue and prosecute child sex offenders, and remove victims from harm. 

Functions of the ACCCE

  • Triage of reports of child exploitation (the Child Protection Triage Unit).
  • Intelligence inputs (the Intelligence Fusion Cell).
  • Specialist capabilities (Covert Online Engagement Unit and Victim Identification Unit).
  • Prevention and online safety (the Online Child Safety Team).

The ACCCE Blueprint

The ACCCE Blueprint 2019-2021 is the culmination of substantial design work undertaken by the AFP with partner agencies in the first year of its operation. It sets out the role of the ACCCE and how it will operate.

Key achievements

In September 2018, the ACCCE set out on a journey to free children from online child sexual exploitation. Here is what we’ve achieved in our third year:


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 chaired by AFP Deputy Commissioner Operations Brett Pointing. 

Name Title

Deputy Commissioner Brett Pointing (Chair)

Deputy Commissioner Operations

Australian Federal Police

Deputy Commissioner Justine Saunders

Operations Support

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