Welcome to The Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society

This is the central website of the Society and the gateway to pages devoted to each of the nine branches and information relevant to the Society as a whole.

2019 Annual General Meeting

The 2019 Annual General Meeting of the ANZFSS will be held on Thursday 3rd October 2019, from 5:00 pm (ACST) for a 5:15 pm start in the Theatre, Crocosaurus Cove, 58 Mitchell St, Darwin, Northern Territory. Following the AGM, from 6 – 7 pm there will be three short case study presentations (Carolyne Bird: The Snowtown Homicides; Natasha Mitchell: The Abduction and Murder of Louise Bell; and Charles Conner: An Astute Victim and the Unravelling of a Child Abductor), and from 7 pm cocktail food and optional croc activities.

Full details on the AGM can be found on the Annual General Meeting page, including:

  • the agenda,
  • how to join us remotely,
  • how to vote by proxy,
  • the proposed updated Rules of Association and explanatory notes, and
  • a call for nominations for President Elect.

Please RSVP to the meeting by emailing NT Branch Secretary Bindi Burnell.

ANZFSS Professional Membership applications now open!

ANZFSS have introduced a Professional Member category to provide a strong, independent and informed professional voice for forensic science and forensic science practitioners. Many of you have been eagerly awaiting the finalisation of the structure around this, and ANZFSS Council is pleased to now open applications for Professional Members.

There are two main benefits to professional membership:

  1. Recognition of the existing professional standing of the professional member; and,
  2. Assurance an ANZFSS professional member would represent a highly regarded forensic science professional, by means of satisfying a prescribed continuing professional development (CPD) program, in conjunction with an annual membership subscription.

Further information about professional membership entitlements, continuing professional development requirements, the application process and online form can be found here (note: only current General or Life members can access the application form).

In order to initially establish the Professional Member category, an invitation period will apply. The applicant must meet the criteria for professional membership specified here, however, until a body of Professional Members has been established, the requirement that at least one of the two referees is a Professional Member will be waived. This requirement may instead be met by having at least one of the two referees who is a General Member of at least five years’ standing, or a Life Member. We anticipate that this waiver will need to be in effect for at least one year.

Additionally, for successful Professional Member applications received prior to 1 October 2019, the General Member subscription fee for 2019 – 2020 will be reimbursed once payment for the Professional Member has been received.


ANZFSS/IAFS Symposium 2020

Following the successful Perth Symposium, the next biennial ANZFSS Symposium will be held in Sydney in 2020. This will be a joint meeting with the triennial International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS). The joint meeting in 2020 (21 – 25 September) will have a very familiar feel to the scientific sessions but with extended discipline streams to include the medical aspects that are integral to an IAFS conference. Further information is available here.