About the National Centre for Forensic Studies
In 2003, Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), the University of Canberra (UC), and the Australian Federal Police (AFP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that recognised the benefits that could be gained from close collaboration between the three organisations with respect to forensic science training, education and research.
The MoU prompted discussions regarding the establishment of a National Centre for Forensic Studies (NCFS). The Centre would be ACT-based but would operate at both a local and national level.
On 22 August 2007, a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was signed by the three organisations to formally establish the NCFS.
To develop and deliver enhanced education, training and research opportunities for the benefit of the partner agencies and the wider forensic science community.
The key objectives of the NCFS are to:
- increase collaboration and co-investment on forensic research
- promote forensic expertise, innovation and service delivery nationally and internationally
- encourage closer collaboration on strategic planning and public policy development, workforce planning and training, and
- actively explore opportunities for cooperation and co-investment in physical, information, and communication technology infrastructure development.
Through continuing to invest in our strategic capabilities, the NCFS will position itself to provide leadership and contribute to the development of the forensic sciences to support the justice system.
The NCFS will, at all times, act in an ethical manner to meet the standards expected by our stakeholders and the wider community.
To be recognised, nationally and internationally, as a valued contributor to the forensic sciences through:
- integrity underpinned by adherence to ethical and professional best practice
- excellence in training by providing a one-stop shop to meet the needs of students and clients
- innovation in research, development and implementation of technologies relevant to the practice of forensic science
- leadership by contributing to public debate and policy affecting the forensic sciences, and
- development of current practitioners and the future workforce through education and training
Areas of Expertise
CIT, UC and the AFP each bring to the NCFS existing strengths and capabilities and are identifying and developing synergies for the delivery of a new range of capabilities and services.
In addition to our core academic courses, the expertise and experience of the partners can be utilised to meet the needs of industry clients.