The ANZPAA NIFS Groups provide an essential mechanism to support and promote the continuous improvement of forensic disciplines, encouraging collaboration and innovative thinking. They also provide a source of discipline specific technical advice and guidance on contemporary issues affecting service provision in Australia and New Zealand.


The ANZPAA NIFS Groups include ADVIC; CWALN and Specialist Advisory Groups (SAGs).

Terms of Reference 

Provides an overview of the agreed roles and functions for the groups.

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ANZPAA Disaster Victim Identification Committee (ADVIC)

NIFS facilitates the activities of ADVIC on behalf of the ANZ Police Commissioners. The group comprises Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Commanders from each Australian State and Territory and New Zealand, as well as a specialist scientific representative from pathology, biology, odontology, and anthropology. ADVIC meets annually to discuss and resolve issues affecting the forensic DVI community and participates in capacity building and education and training initiatives.

The Disaster Victim Identification Process


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The Chemical Warfare Agent Laboratory Network (CWALN)

CWALN is an invitation-only network that is facilitated by NIFS. The network brings together forensic experts in chemical agent analysis with the aim of capability building, information sharing, education and training and quality assurance. As a member of CWALN, the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) provides training, collaborative trials, and reference standards for the network.


Specialist Advisory Groups (SAG)

  • Specialist Advisory Groups
  • Biology SAG
  • Chemical Criminalistics SAG
  • Crime Scene SAG
  • Document SAG
  • Drug SAG
  • Electronic Evidence SAG
  • Face SAG
  • Fingerprint SAG
  • Firearm SAG
  • Forensic Intelligence SAG
  • Medical Sciences SAG
  • Quality SAG
  • Toxicology SAG


ANZPAA NIFS Group members should note the documents below when registering to attend a meeting or nominating any agenda items.

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