Robert Atkinson AO APM
January 17, 2023

To whom it may concern.

It is both a pleasure and privilege to provide this testimonial for Hetty Johnston.

I have known her for over 25 years. There would be few people in our country in the area of child safety and the prevention of, and proper response to child abuse in all its forms, that would have greater knowledge, experience and commitment than Ms Johnston.

That knowledge and experience traverses all aspects related to child safety including legislation, government policies and procedures, the criminal justice system and international best practice.

She has a comprehensive awareness of the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and its 409 Recommendations.

Ms Johnston is a highly effective communicator, articulate, engaging and persuasive.

She has an ability to bring understandable clarity to complex issues.

She also has well deserved credibility with the media, stakeholders, and the general public.

Robert (Bob) Atkinson AO APM

Commissioner, Queensland Police Service 2000-2012 Commissioner, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse 2013-2017.
Current Queensland Government- Chair, Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Taskforce Co-chair, Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Council.