The Turnbull Government will establish a national centre to combat the exploitation and abuse of children and vulnerable people.
The Government will provide funding in the 2018-19 Budget to enable a new national effort to combat a global epidemic of child abuse.
The Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE), under the Department of Home Affairs, will create a hub of expertise and specialist skills needed to disrupt, prevent, investigate and prosecute perpetrators of child abuse and child exploitation material (CEM).
The level of repulsive abuse of children and dissemination of CEM is becoming more prevalent and the nature of it more violent and extreme. To counter this, a consolidated and more strategic approach is needed.
ACCCE will be led by the Australian Federal Police, but draw on the resources of all agencies within the Home Affairs portfolio such as intelligence, tracking, cyber security, border control, research and policy support.
The centre will link into state agencies and, importantly, non-government organisations with expertise in dealing with child exploitation. It will also be Australia’s interface with the numerous international agencies working to combat abuse and exploitation.