Written by Institute of Public Administration Australia
Former Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and former Queensland Police Commissioner.
Bob Atkinson served as the Commissioner of the Queensland Police Service for 12 years. In a 44-year career with the Queensland Police Service, he served throughout Queensland, including as a detective and a police prosecutor.
In the 1990s, Mr Atkinson oversaw reforms stemming from the Commission Inquiry into Possible Activities and Associated Police Misconduct (the Fitzgerald Inquiry), 1987–1989 and the Public Sector Management Commission Review and Report Recommendations of the Queensland Police Service, 1993.
In 1989, he attended the three-month FBI National Academy Course at Quantico, Virginia, in the United States. In 2002, he also completed the FBI’s National Executive Institute program. Following his retirement in 2012, Mr Atkinson was appointed as one of six Commissioners for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The final report was handed down in December 2017, some five years after the inquiry commenced. Earlier this year, Mr Atkinson accepted the role of Special Advisor to Minister Farmer, Youth Justice Taskforce, Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.
He hopes to maintain an involvement in child safety issues and, in this regard, is also an ambassador for Bravehearts.