ANZPAA Annual Review 2020-21

The ANZPAA Annual Review is now available. This review tracks how we support police jurisdictions across Australia and New Zealand to deliver capable and future ready police forces and deliver value for policing, putting the agency’s achievements on the record. More information.




What are we working on right now 

Shaping Stronger Connections

Youth Crime and Justice

Facilitating discussions with subject matter experts to examine the impacts of youth crime and justice challenges for policing.

Policing Innovator

Sharing and connecting police innovations across Australia and New Zealand. 

Road Safety

Engaging in Road Safety/Road Policing activities (including National Road Safety Strategy and Action Plan)

Family Violence

Co-ordination of policing input into strategies combatting family violence.

ANZPAA e-Scans

Analyses on key issues and trends affecting the policing environment.

Engender Change

Developing an event Leading Through a Crisis to support the Engender Change program objective of  transforming forensic science culture through leadership. View

Minimum Requirement Documents for forensic science

Collaborating on the development of Minimum Requirements Documents to support emerging forensic laboratories in developing countries to provide scientific services to the criminal justice system. View

Specialist Advisory Groups
Provide an essential mechanism to support and promote the continuous improvement of forensic disciplines, encouraging collaboration and innovative thinking.

Forensic Genetic Genealogy Community of Interest

Providing strategic advice to the Forensic Genetic Genealogy Community of Interest. The initial focus of this NSW Police co-coordinated initiative is identifying key issues and developing an operational framework for forensic genetic genealogy.

Forensic Intelligence Lexicon

Transition of the Forensic Intelligence Community of Interest to the Forensic Intelligence Specialist Advisory Group. The current focus of this group is the finalisation of a standardised lexicon for forensic intelligence to reduce risks of miscommunication and increase efficiencies in intelligence processes.

Activity Level Reporting Course

The ANZPAA NIFS Chemical Criminalistics Specialist Advisory Group is currently advising a major European university on developing a syllabus for an online activity level reporting course tailored for Australian and New Zealand forensic practitioners.

Standardised Forensic Consumable Pricing Arrangements

Explore a framework to support forensic agencies negotiate standardised consumable prices to bring cost savings to agencies. The initial focus will be in analytical chemistry areas.
ANZPAA NIFS Service Level Agreement
Negotiating the ANZPAA NIFS Service Level Agreement 2022-2025 with funding partner agencies.

Enhancing Practice

Religious and Spiritual Diversity

Reviewing A Practical Reference to Religious and Spiritual Diversity for Operational Police. It provides an overview of nine religions and spiritualities and is aimed at providing police with a greater understanding of religious and spiritual diversity and to enhance policing services to the community.


Reviewing ICCS Plus: A Common Approach to Incident Management. This document is a principle-based framework in which incident management arrangements across Australia can be aligned. View

Cross-jurisdictional police research priorities

Reviewing the ANZPAA Cross-jurisdictional police research priorities. These provide a foundation from which research efforts can be directed and focused to provide value to police, researchers and the community.

AFSAB Enhancement

ANZPAA NIFS, in collaboration with experts in crime scene, fingerprint and firearm examination, are enhancing the AFSAB Board and assessment processes. View

National DNA Consumables Pricing

Supporting forensic science agencies to negotiate standardised consumable prices for DNA consumables to produce cost savings.

Review National Familial DNA Searching Policy
Addressing Risk

Artificial Intelligence and Policing

Examining the diverse challenges, opportunities and risks for policing with the advances in artificial intelligence technologies.

Forensic Science Standards Development

As a member of the Standards Australia Committees, ANZPAA NIFS is supporting the development of Australian and International standards to ensure consistent and reliable forensic services.

AFSAB Certification

Processing new certification and re-certification applications. View

After the Fact (AtF) Proficiency Test

Currently delivering the AtF Proficiency Test to 650 crime scene investigators across Australia.View

Forensic Capability Mapping Framework
Developing a framework to identify current capability risks and future needs to support forensic agencies' strategic planning at the cross-jurisdictional level.
Dedicated Focus of Research and Innovation
ANZPAA NIFS is seeking applications from forensic services to fund operationally relevant research that strengthens empirical data supporting forensic science. The ANZPAA NIFS Research and Innovation Advisory Committee is also under review to maximise information sharing and collaboration on cross-jurisdictional priority projects.

What we’ve recently finished

Items we have completed in the last six months.


Shaping Stronger Connections

Proficiency Testing Bulk Purchase

Collaboratively procured proficiency tests on behalf of Australia and New Zealand forensic laboratories.

ANZPAA NIFS Prospectus
Developed a communications product detailing the value delivered by ANZPAA NIFS to its funding partners since 2016.

International Strategic Engagement
Established an information exchange relationship with the Metropolitan Police Forensic Services Continuous Improvement and Forensic Innovation Team to leverage efforts in strengthening forensic science.
Delivered Australia New Zealand Forensic Executive Committee Meetings
A strategic forum for principal leaders to agree on a cross-jurisdictional work program leveraging ANZPAA NIFS support and collective resources to address current and emerging issues, improving forensic science service delivery.

Enhancing Practice

Drug Analysis Workflows

Completed a knowledge transfer workshop to discuss workflow mapping project outcomes, identifying cross-jurisdictional opportunities for drug analysis process improvements and cost savings.

Trust in Policing: Compendium

Completed the Trust in policing: Compendium that compiles, updates, and expands on ANZPAA’s trust work undertaken over the past three years. View

ANZPAA NIFS Best Paper Awards Announced View

Addressing Risk

2021 ANZPAA Annual Trends Analysis

Identified emerging and evolving trends and their impacts on the future of policing in Australia and New Zealand.


Tools, tactics and strategies for recruiting the next generation of Police

This report identifies the changing factors influencing police’s ‘recruitment environment’ and identifies a selection of tools, tactics and strategies that police could use to refine existing recruitment campaigns.
Standardised DNA Laboratory interjurisdictional testing costs

Developed agreed standardised pricing for interjurisdictional forensic DNA testing costs across Australia and New Zealand police and government laboratories.
AFSAB Certification
Processed 69 annual certifications and 20 Five-yearly Certifications of crime scene, fingerprint and firearm practitioners for the Australasian Forensic Science Assessment Board program. View

What is on the horizon

Police Conference 2022

Planning for the delivery of the ANZPAA Police Conference 2022 in Melbourne.

John Harber Phillips Award

John Harber Phillips Award past recipients. View



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We produce regular Environment Scans that look at current and emerging trends that may, or are impacting police. As a member of a police member jurisdiction you can access this here or subscribe here.



COVID-19 Briefs

A series of short briefs intended to inform police decision-makers on how Australian and New Zealand police can best meet the strategic and operational challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a member of a police jurisdiction and would like access, please subscribe here.


Business Plan 2020-21

ANZPAA’s first annual Business Plan under the new ANZPAA Strategy 2020-25, this document positions ANZPAA to assist Australia and New Zealand police in flexibly addressing key challenges and priorities.
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Annual Review 2020-21

The Annual Review 2020-21 for  the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA) is now available, putting the agency’s value and achievements on the record.
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Strategy 2020-25

Our Strategy 2020-25 sets out the strategic direction of the agency for the next five years. It is an overarching document for ANZPAAs Business Plans. It details our focus on three strategic priorities: addressing risk, enhancing practice and shaping stronger connections as well as listing our long-term goals.
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