ANZFSS was formed in 1971 with the aim of bringing together scientists, police, criminalists, pathologists, and members of the legal profession actively involved in the forensic sciences. The Society’s objectives are to enhance the quality of forensic science by providing symposia, lectures, discussions and demonstrations encompassing the various disciplines within the science. Membership is invited from all persons with bona fide interests in forensic science and members are required to adhere to a Code of Ethics. The Society includes members from all states and territories in Australia, and New Zealand. The ANZFSS is managed by the Executive, whose membership is generally decided at the Annual General Meeting of the Society.
The Society convenes an International Symposium every two years. The Symposium is a world recognised international conference covering the major areas of forensic science: biological and chemical criminalistics, illicit drugs, pathology and clinical medicine, blood pattern analysis, fires and explosives, science and justice, firearms and toolmarks, education and training, archaeology and anthropology, entomology, odontology, wildlife forensics, electronic evidence, document examination, fingerprint examination, management and quality assurance, toxicology and pharmacology, crime scene investigation and biometrics. The official journal of the ANZFSS is the Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences.