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Professor, AiLECS Labs, Monash University

Jon Rouse APM

Jon Rouse served for over 39 years with the Queensland Police Service in Australia. In 1996 Jon began investigating crimes against children and in 2001 he commenced at Task Force Argos where he implemented Australia’s first operation to proactively target internet child sex offenders.

During his career, Jon instigated multiple national and international investigations targeting child exploitation criminal networks and has delivered training to law enforcement officers in Australia and across the world.

In July 2019 Jon was seconded to the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) to set up and lead the Covert Online operations team, Victim Identification Unit and Training team and was the Chair of the Covert Internet Investigations Group for the INTERPOL Specialists on Crimes against Children until March 2023.

He is the recipient of six Commissioners Certificates (QPS and AFP) for his operational leadership, two AFP Commissioner Citations and two Queensland Police Excellence awards for Child Protection Prevention.

In May 2018, Jon accepted the ‘Champion for Children Award’ in New York from the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in recognition of his dedication for over 24 years to fighting and investigating crimes against children.

Jon was awarded the Queensland Australian of the Year for 2019 and he is the recipient of the Queensland Police Medal, the National Service Medal, the Exemplary Conduct medal, the Queensland Police Meritorious Service Medal, the National Police Medal and the Australian Police Medal.

Jon is an appointed Ambassador for the following Australian Child Protection organisations;

• Act for Kids
• Bravehearts
• The Carly Ryan Foundation
• Daniel Morecombe Foundation

Jon is a Director with The Society for the Policing of Cyberspace (POLCYB), the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, the Daniel Morecombe Foundation and he commenced as a Professor at the Artificial Intelligence Labs (AiLECS) project at Monash University Australia in February 2023.

In September 2023 Jon was appointed as the Interim Victims Commissioner for the State of Queensland.


'Support and safety planning for Australian survivors 'of child sexual abuse material.'

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