Welcome to the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS)
The AFS (Australian Forensic Society) was formed in 1971 to bring together scientists, police, criminalists, pathologists, and legal professionals actively involved in forensic science. In 1988 the AFS recognised New Zealand members and became the ANZFSS. Our objectives are to enhance the quality of forensic science through our international symposium and the events and meetings by each branch about forensic science. The ANZFSS accepts membership from all persons with bona fide interests in forensic science, and has drawn up a Code of Professional Practice for its members.
Within Australia there is a branch in each state and territory. Within NZ there are branches in Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch and Wellington. Each branch in Australia and the NZFSS appoints a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and committee members at the branch’s AGM. Branch’s hold regular events and meetings that involve lectures by experts in their field and provide opportunities for members and guests (where appropriate) to meet in an informal atmosphere. Branch meetings are organised by the local committee.
The ANZFSS is managed by the Executive that are appointed at the ANZFSS AGM including a President, Treasurer and Secretary. The Executive is elected for two years and may stand for re-election. The NZFSS President and most recent Past-President are also part of the Executive. The Executive and Branches offer awards to enable members to travel to advance their education and experience in forensic science.
The Council consist of the Executive and a representative from each branch. The Council is the ANZFSS’s decision-making body and meets quarterly and at the ANZFSS AGM.