The Commission of Inquiry into Forensic DNA Testing in Queensland
In June 2022, an independent Commission of Inquiry into Forensic DNA Testing in Queensland was established by the government.
The inquiry, conducted by the former President of the Court of Appeal, retired judge Mr Walter Sofronoff KC, was established to identify opportunities for improvement and ensure public confidence in the collection, testing and analysis of DNA in the criminal justice context in Queensland.
Final report and Queensland Government response
The Commission provided the Queensland Government with its final report (PDF 4199 kB) on 13 December 2022. An interim model for Forensic Science Queensland, including a Board of Management, Forensic DNA Science Advisory Sub-Committee and specialist sub-committees will be established in the interim to provide independent, expert oversight to ensure the scientific integrity of forensic DNA services in Queensland.
The Commission of Inquiry also provided an interim report (PDF 3080 kB) containing three recommendations, all of which were accepted by the Queensland Government.
Queensland Health will continue to work with government agencies, stakeholders and the public to action interim report findings, and support Queenslanders affected by these findings and recommendations. Developing a reform framework will establish a way forward for quality, timely and innovative forensic DNA services that support the integrity of the Queensland justice system.
It is acknowledged that this will be a challenging time for Queenslanders affected by these matters. Any person who requires support, including concerned victims, can contact the Queensland Police Service hotline on 1300 993 191.