In the Centre for Forensic Science (CFS), we share the vision that crime reduction, crime solving and national security in general are important for society and that there are great benefits for Australia in modern and validated scientific techniques, processes and policies for the prevention and investigation of crime and terrorism.
We have established and maintained a high profile both nationally and internationally, and are recognised as the premier academic institution offering forensic science activities in Australia through both the quality of our teaching programs and the depth and breadth of forensic-related research that undertake.
We train, educate and research at the intersection of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), information technology (IT), law and social sciences to address questions that are fundamental to the concept of national security and public safety, including: intelligence, law enforcement and justice.
Technology, mobility and transnational crime including terrorism and trafficking are challenging many aspects of society and have impacts on security, economy and policy. We aim to contribute to addressing this global challenge by fostering new ways of thinking that underpin knowledge, discovery and innovation. By applying forensic science as the holistic study of traces (remnants of activity and/or presence), we can understand - and then impact on - crime and security at large.
Our activities offer relevant practical solutions for organisations such as operational forensic science laboratories, law enforcement, defence and intelligence agencies, law firms, insurance companies, as well as individuals and the community in general. Many of these solutions involve us working in partnership with local and overseas businesses and organisations.
We have a genuine trans-disciplinary expertise through forensic and analytical chemistry, forensic and molecular biology, massively parallel sequencing (MPS), explosives, firearm residues, fingerprint detection and identification, trace evidence, forensic intelligence, drugs, toxicology, taphonomy, fire accelerants, odour and volatile detection, forensic document examination, human decomposition, chemical decomposition, microfluidics, Bayesian statistics, method validation, accreditation and certification.
CFS Quarterly Newsletters
- 2019: August (PDF, 2.2MB)
- 2018: December (PDF, 2MB)
- 2018: August (PDF, 1.5MB)
- 2017: December (PDF, 3MB)
- 2016: December (PDF, 1.7MB)
- 2016: September (PDF, 1.1MB)
- 2015: October - December (PDF, 1.6MB)
- 2015: April - September (PDF, 1MB)
- 2014: October - December (PDF, 1.2MB)
- 2014: July - September (PDF, 780kB)
- 2014: March - June (PDF, 707kB)
- 2013: September - November (PDF, 846kB)
- 2013: June - August (PDF, 850kB)