ANZPAA Police Conference Highlights


What are we working on right now 

Shaping Stronger Connections
John Harber Phillips Award
The John Harber Phillips Award recognises outstanding contributions in the forensic sciences. View.
Proficiency Testing Bulk Purchase
Arranging the collaborative procurement, importation and distribution of internationally sourced proficiency tests on behalf of Australia and New Zealand forensic laboratories.
International Strategic Engagement
Maintaining ongoing information exchange and collaboration with USA partners (via the Department of Defence National Security Science and Technology Centre) and the Metropolitan Police Forensic Services Continuous Improvement and Forensic Innovation Team to leverage efforts in strengthening forensic science.

Youth Crime and Justice

Facilitating discussions with subject matter experts to examine the impacts of youth crime and justice challenges for policing. An online Youth Justice Forum is scheduled for 6th September. View.

Policing Innovator

Sharing and connecting police innovations across Australia and New Zealand. 

Road Safety

Engaging in Road Safety/Road Policing activities, particularly automated vehicles.

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.

Minimum Requirement Documents for forensic science

Through participation in the International Forensic Strategic Alliance, 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
Ongoing management of an extensive network of forensic specialists 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.

Activity Level Reporting Course

Maintaining an email distribution list of enrolled practitioners in the University of Lausanne online Activity Level Reporting course to help facilitate cross-jurisdiction communications, ensuring learnings are implemented consistently into practices.

Standardised Forensic Consumable Pricing Arrangements

Working with analytical chemistry representatives to pilot a framework for supporting the negotiation of standardised consumable prices and bring cost savings to forensic agencies across Australia and New Zealand.

NATA Forensic Science Accreditation Advisory Committee

Providing specialist strategic advice and coordinating forensic science information sessions for new NATA staff involved in assessing forensic science laboratories.
The Forensic Exhibit
Planning the publishing of a 1,000+ subscriber quarterly newsletter to promote the work of the ANZ forensic science community and NIFS.
Enhancing Practice
Workflow Mapping
A 12-month project that will review and compare the different jurisdictional workflows for forensic biology to identify opportunities for process improvement, cost savings and reductions in turn-around-times.

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

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
Connecting with a critical national criminal intelligence partner agency and subject matter experts to help improve our national policing systems and services.
Addressing Risk
Forensic Fundamentals Project 
A multi-year project working with expert forensic practitioners to generate a holistic picture of the empirical evidence base for 20 forensic disciplines informing future research, court reporting and training requirements.

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

Working with crime scene practitioners across Australia to develop new assessment material for the AtF Proficiency Test for 2022.

Forensic Capability Mapping Framework
Piloting for the firearms discipline, 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
Investigating the creation of a Research & Innovation Officers Network to maximise information sharing and collaboration on cross-jurisdictional priority projects.
Massively Parallel Sequencing Accreditation Guidelines
The ANZPAA NIFS Biology Specialist Advisory Group is developing guidelines that will support the implementation of this new DNA technology known as Massively Parallel Sequencing.
Profiency Testing Bulk Purchase
Arranging the collaborative procurement, importation and distribution of internationally sourced proficiency tests on behalf of Australia and New Zealand forensic laboratories.
Workflow Mapping
A 12-month project reviewing and comparing the different jurisdictional workflows for forensic biology to identify opportunities for process improvement, cost savings and reductions in turn-around-times.

What we’ve recently finished

Items we have completed in the last six months.


Shaping Stronger Connections

Reviewed 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
Delivered Australia New Zealand Forensic Executive Committee Meetings
Facilitated a strategic forum for forensic leaders to come together and agree on a cross-jurisdictional program of work, leveraging ANZPAA NIFS support and collective resources to address current and emerging issues, improving forensic science service delivery.

Enhancing Practice

National DNA Consumables and Software Pricing
Delivered cost savings to forensic science agencies through the negotiation of standardised prices for DNA consumables and a less expensive and floating licence for Activity Level Reporting software.
AFSAB Enhancement
Completed the development of a certification management database, transitioned all hard copy records to an online filing system and developed new assessment material for crime scenes and fingerprints.
ANZPAA NIFS Best Paper Awards Program Reviewed 
Implemented changes to the recently reviewed Best Paper Awards program to ensure the judging process is sustainable and the program attracts and recognises a broad range of forensic specialists. 
Religious and Spiritual Diversity
A practical Reference to Religious and Spiritual Diversity for Operational Police new edition released. 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.

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

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.
AFSAB Certification
Processed 330 annual certifications and 14 Five-yearly Certifications of crime scene, fingerprint and firearm practitioners for the Australasian Forensic Science Assessment Board program. View
Engender Change
Held the inaugural Engender Change advocates event Leading Through a Crisis on 5 May 2022 in support of the program’s objective to transform gender equity in the forensic science community through leadership. View
Reviewed National Familial DNA Searching Policy
Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Commanders course
Supporting the ANZPAA Disaster Victim Identification Committee (ADVIC) to run a Commander course promoting a consistent understanding and approach to managing DVI scenes across Australia and New Zealand.

What is on the horizon

Shaping Stronger Connections

Police Conference 2022

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

Australia New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) 25th International Symposium

Supporting this year’s major event for ANZFSS through sponsorship and participation in presentation and panel sessions at the symposium in Brisbane on 11-15 September 2022, promoting research and innovation in the forensic sciences.

Enhancing Practice
Australia New Zealand Police Integrity Principles
Reviewing the Australia New Zealand Police Integrity Principles to provide guidance for jurisdictions to underpin all actions and decisions.
Australia New Zealand Use-of-Force Principles
Reviewing the Australia New Zealand Use-of-Force principles, a strategic guide to the use-of-force.
Education and Training
Reviewing ANZPAA's Education and Training Products in Public Order Management, Community Engagement, Undercover Operations and Human Source Management, Police Educator Trainers and Assessors and Practice Level of Police Officer.
Addressing Risk
Addressing Forensic Fundamentals
A 12-month project aimed at coordinating the progression of activities and research that will strengthen the scientific underpinnings of forensic disciplines across Australia and New Zealand.
Forensic Capability Mapping
A 12-month project to map cross-jurisdictional capability, monitor capability risks and determine minimum requirements for select forensic disciplines.



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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 2022-23

The ANZPAA Business Plan 2022-23 incorporates the ANZPAA Board's strategic priorities for ANZPAA's work over the coming financial year and is aligned to the ANZPAA Strategy 2020-25. It's focus is on strategic and operational priorities, practice, profession and workforce, and our ongoing work program for the coming year.
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Annual Review 2021-22

The Annual Review 2021-22 for  the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency (ANZPAA) is now available, putting ANZPAA’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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