Expression of Interest - Forensic Science Accreditation Advisory Committee

19 September 2019

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 (ANZFEC) and the National Institute of Forensic Science (NIFS).

The Committee has an upcoming vacancy and is seeking expressions of interest from individuals with expertise in illicit drugs.

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

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.

Committee members are appointed for their knowledge and technical expertise.  The duties of a Committee member include:

  • review of NATA’s Technical Criteria applicable to the 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 of the AAC Chair and Members can be obtained from the NATA website.

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 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 detailing the candidate’s experience, including addressing the requirements/attributes detailed above and a full resume, should be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Sector Manager, Legal & Clinical Services.

The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 25 October 2019.
Successful candidates will be formally invited to participate in the activities of the FSAAC following approval by NATA’s Board.