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ICMEC Australia Financial Symposium: Protecting Children Online

Understanding the whole-of-organisation financial response to child sexual exploitation

Wednesday, 25 October, 2023 at 9:00 am 6:00 pm AEDT

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ICMEC Australia invites you to our Financial Symposium to better detect, report and prevent Child Sexual Exploitation. This exclusive event will address how the financial services industry can embed a whole-of-organisation approach to enhancing the fight against Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

The Symposium brings together leaders from financial crime, ESG, corporate affairs, customer vulnerability and risk mitigation areas from within key financial services to gain insight from industry experts into trends and gaps in this growing human rights issue. This symposium provides an opportunity to share knowledge on data detection and network with like-minded industry colleagues. 

Attendees will walk away from this event motivated and inspired, with key insights to help establish a whole-of-system approach to combating CSE.


Child Sexual Exploitation facilitated online is one of the fastest-growing crimes globally, with the UN estimating that approximately 750,000 people access Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM) online every second.

Technology is an incredible tool, but it provides opportunities for everyone, including perpetrators of CSE:

  • Just last year, the ACCCE reported a 100-fold increase in monthly child sextortion figures (December 2022)
  • The IWF reported that coerced self-generated CSAM rose by two-thirds in the first half of 2022
  • Demand for live-streaming of Child Sexual Abuse in the Philippines sharply increased, with possible reports to NCMEC more than doubling to 3.2 million from 2020 to 2021

Many of these crimes involve financial transactions which leave a trace, providing data for financial crime analysts to detect and report.

But these crimes aren’t just detectable, they are also preventable, and financial institutions can play a significant role in shifting the needle on this crime at both ends of the spectrum.

Together, we can strengthen the fight against this heinous crime by looking at a whole-of-system approach to preventing and detecting CSE facilitated online.

Our approach

An informative one-day conference, this event will offer a balance between networking, opportunities to learn, and interaction with industry experts delivering key takeaways. 

You will leave with a stronger understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation and how it impacts the financial services industry across financial crime and risk, as well as across a governance and social impact perspective. 

Who is invited

We welcome decision-makers and leaders from Financial Services Industry organisations that facilitate payments and transactions through products and services that may be vulnerable to Child Sexual Exploitation risks. These institutions may include banks, remitters, payment platforms, cryptocurrency exchanges and credit card companies.

Within these institutions, the program will focus on two streams:

Financial Crime 

If you are responsible for leading the identification, mitigation and management of Financial Crime risks relating to Child Sexual Exploitation, then our Financial Crime stream is suited to you. This could include subject matter experts leading functions in financial crime, financial crime intelligence, transaction monitoring, customer due diligence risk mitigation or similar.

ESG & Human Rights

If you are responsible for leading your Financial Institution’s Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) and/or Human Rights strategy and performance, you’re a leader in Customer Vulnerability or for setting organisational strategy at the Executive level, our ESG & Human Rights stream is suited to you.

Please note: This knowledge-sharing day has a limited number of spots available and all applicants are subject to approval and must suit the seniority criteria above.

Why you should attend
  • To strengthen relationships in the CSE response community and network with colleagues from law enforcement, banks, academics and other corporate stakeholders 
  • Acquire key insights into key crime types, including tangible information and takeaways that can create effective change in your organisation’s approach to combating CSE 
  • To participate in open forums to discuss building positive change through safety by design
  • Understand how to integrate CSE prevention and detection into your organisation 
  • To uncover new insights & information, and share best practice on preventing and tackling this crime in all its forms

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This event is proudly supported by Norton Rose Fulbright, a key provider of pro bono legal services in Australia.

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We’re starting off the event with the following speakers. For the full list of speakers, please click here↗.

Chris Owen
Partner, ESG Group Chair, National Pro Bono Team Leader
Norton Rose Fulbright Australia

Chris Owen is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Australia and leads the firm’s national pro bono program. He is also chair of the firm’s ESG group. A litigator by background, Chris has a broad range of expertise advising in pro bono legal matters, including advising at clinics, assisting Indigenous communities, conducting advocacy on behalf of clients in court proceedings and advising on international pro bono projects. He has particular interests in human rights, strategic litigation and sustainability.

Jodie Arthur
General Manager, Financial Crime
Westpac Group

Jodie joined Westpac in 2020 following her role as Regional Head of Financial Crime Compliance at Standard Chartered Bank, based in Singapore. Prior to this, Jodie spent 12.5 years at ANZ Bank in a variety of roles spanning Internal Audit, Compliance, and Financial Crime and also worked for a number of years with E&Y in London, UK.

Dr Michael Salter
Associate Professor, Scientia Research Fellow
University of New South Wales

Dr Michael Salter is the Scientia Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of New South Wales. He is an internationally recognised expert in the study of child abuse, violence against women, and complex trauma. His published work includes the books Organised Sexual Abuse (2013, Routledge) and Crime, Justice and Social Media (2017, Routledge), and over fifty papers in international journals and edited collections. His research engages with policy and practice across multiple sectors, including mental health, social work, child protection, law enforcement, and internet regulation.

Sonja Marsic
Risk Advisory Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright

Sonja Marsic is a risk advisory partner at global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright based in Sydney. Sonja has undertaken a number of financial crime and anti-money laundering & counter-terrorism financing (AML/CTF) cases in Australia. She has over 25 years’ experience in civil enforcement, civil investigations, and statutory interpretation. Sonja was previously a Senior Executive Lawyer with the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS) conducting litigation and advising on anti-money-laundering and counter-terrorism financing regulation, financial regulation, consumer law, and other civil regulation for a broad range of Commonwealth departments and agencies.

Paul Jevtovic
Chief Financial Crime Risk Officer & Group MLRO
National Australia Bank Limited

Paul Jevtovic has enjoyed a long career serving our nation in national and international law enforcement, national intelligence, anti-corruption, and as CEO of AUSTRAC – Australia’s AML/CTF regulator and national financial intelligence unit. Paul recently joined NAB in September 2021 as the Chief Financial Crime Risk Officer & Group MLRO. Throughout his career, Paul has led a complex portfolio of capabilities across the first and second lines of defence including Investigations, Financial Crime analysis, AML/CTF, AB&C, Fraud, Sanctions, Risk Assessment & Operational Analytics, and Transaction Monitoring.

Dylan Ryan
Head of Financial Crime Advisory
ANZ Australia Retail Bank, Australia Commercial Bank, Corporate Centre & Services Divisions

Dylan has over 21 years of financial crime experience (incl. AML/CTF, Sanctions, Fraud Risk and Anti-Bribery / Anti-Corruption). He has also worked on anti-crime-related initiatives and activities across a range of industries such as mining, media, government, facilities management, casinos, and algorithmic trading organisations. In his current role at ANZ, he and the team provide subject matter expertise and 2nd Line risk support to 55 business units, which also includes the digital transformation of ANZ’s Retail Bank in Australia. 

Prior to this, he was ANZ’s Head of Fraud Risk Strategy which involved ensuring fraud risk management alignment (including cyber-related risk) across 31 countries in which ANZ operates.

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