It follows a year-long investigation by the Australian Federal Police (AFP), after investigators uncovered a cloud storage platform they allege was being used by thousands of offenders to share “abhorrent” child abuse material.
In total, 44 men have been charged with possessing child exploitation material, with some also charged with producing the abusive content.
Law enforcement personnel, hospitality workers and those working in construction and transport are among those charged.
They range in age from 19 to 57-years-old.
The Australian Federal Police have also removed 16 children from harm across Australia – six in Victoria, six in South Australia, two in Queensland and one in NSW.