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.

Recipients of 2020 ANZFSS Executive Symposium Awards announced

Visit the ANZFSS Symposium Award page to see the list of recipients of Executive Awards for attendance at the IAFS/ANZFSS 2020 meeting. Branch Awards are under consideration by local Branches now.


Now accepting ANZFSS Professional Membership applications

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 – postponed to May 2021

Following the extraordinary circumstances related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and after thorough evaluation of the emergency situation globally, it’s with great regret that the meeting Organising Committee have made the decision to postpone IAFS 2020.

The Meeting will be held at the same venue, the International Convention Centre Sydney, from Monday 17 May through to Friday 21 May 2021 (with pre-Meeting workshops to be held from Saturday 15 May). The engaging program on which the Discipline Convenors have been working extremely hard will be carried over to the new dates, along with the fantastic line-up of international and national speakers, as well as immersive social opportunities.

This will be a joint meeting with the triennial International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS). The joint meeting in 2021 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.