Mr Robert (Bob) Atkinson AO APM (Co-Chair)

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Mr Robert (Bob) Atkinson AO APM (Co-Chair)

Bob Atkinson had a 44-year career with the Queensland Police Service, serving the last 12 years (2000 to 2012) as Commissioner. Bob’s significant achievements include overseeing responses to Cyclone Larry in 2006 and the 2010–11 Queensland flood and cyclone disasters, reductions in crime and the road toll, enforcing welfare support, advocating for multiculturalism, and increasing Police Liaison Officer positions including the first Sudanese and Muslim positions.

In 2013, he was appointed as one of 6 Commissioners for the 5-year Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Following that he was the Chair of the Queensland Government's Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Taskforce for its 5-year term.

Bob’s contribution has continued in advisory roles for youth justice issues.

In 2023 he was appointed as one of 2 Assistant Commissioners to the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide.