Expression of Interest - Forensic Science Accreditation Advisory Committee

08 February 2021


The Forensic Science Accreditation Advisory Committee (FSAAC) advises NATA on technical issues on matters related to testing for legal purposes and represents the interests of accredited facilities and the broader industry.

The FSAAC membership includes representatives for all forensic disciplines, the Australia & New Zealand Forensic Executive Committee and the Australia New Zealand Policing Advisory Agency National Institute of Forensic Science

The Committee has a position soon to become vacant and is seeking expressions of interest from individuals with expertise in Document examination.

The duties of a Committee member include:

  • review of NATA’s Technical Criteria applicable to the Legal (incl. Forensic Science) Sector;
  • review of assessment reports for applicant and accredited facilities, where required;
  • provision of advice on technical issues arising from assessment activity; and
  • review and approval of the appointment of technical assessors.

Further information about the role and structure of NATA’s technical committees is available on the Technical Committees page.

The position is honorary with the term of appointment being five years. Reappointment may be possible following the initial term.

Current FSAAC members are eligible to reapply and may submit an expression of interest for a vacant or soon to be vacant position, provided they satisfy the criteria for the position.

The Committee convenes at 12 to 24 month intervals with NATA meeting all costs for travel and accommodation. It is expected that Committee members make themselves available to attend all meetings in person.

Applicants must:

  • have substantial practical experience in the discipline for which they are submitting an expression of interest;
  • be familiar with NATA’s accreditation requirements preferably through either practical experience in an accredited facility and/or experience as a NATA technical assessor;
  • be committed to NATA and the accreditation process;
  • abide by NATA’s policies, including the need to maintain confidentiality, be objective, act impartially and to declare any conflicts of interest;
  • prepare for and attend AAC meetings and provide written reports on activities related to their specific discipline.

It is also desirable that applicants can demonstrate experience in the following areas:

  • publications and/or presentations related to the relevant discipline(s);
  • membership of and active participation in the activities of professional societies and industry groups
  • awareness of international activities including standards development.

Expressions of interest should include a current resume along with a cover letter addressing the requirements/attributes detailed above and explanation why you wish to join the committee. Applications can be provided to:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Sector Manager, Legal & Clinical Services

Applications will close on 19 March 2021 and will be considered by the current members of the Forensic Science AAC. Final approval of AAC membership rests with the NATA Board.