THE rebuilding of Queensland’s DNA and forensic services has taken a significant step forward with the recruitment of eminent scientists and the start of consultation on a proposed framework to govern Forensic Science Queensland (FSQ).
The Queensland Government’s Workforce Attraction Incentive Scheme has led to the appointment of three leading scientists to senior management roles.
The three scientists bring with them a combined experience of more than 50 years in forensics, with backgrounds in biology, crime scene investigation and human remains identification.
The appointments form part of FSQ’s push to attract the best and brightest talent to help position the organisation as a leader in DNA and forensics analysis.
The addition of new scientists comes amid the start of consultation on the draft Forensic Science Queensland Bill, which aims to support the functions of FSQ.
Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services and Minister for Women Shannon Fentiman said rebuilding Queensland’s DNA and forensic services to the highest standard is a complex and challenging task.
“Today’s announcements are a significant step towards achieving this goal,” she said.
“The appointments of the three individuals speak to their desire to contribute toward our vision of delivering a DNA and forensic service that sets the benchmark for others to follow.
“The Queensland Government has been clear in its commitment following the Commission of Inquiry: we want to restore the public’s confidence in DNA and forensic services.
“It is why we are investing more than $95 million to manage the body of work stemming from the Inquiry, building FSQ’s foundations and recruiting the right people to help the organisation succeed.”
Consultation is being undertaken with key stakeholders in criminal justice, forensic science, health and victim support groups, who will all have the opportunity to provide feedback on and inform the progress of the draft Bill.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Yvette D’Ath said restoring confidence in FSQ and its role within the justice system is a key commitment of the State Government.
“It was never going to be a quick process, but these new appointments show the Queensland Government is making progress,” she said.
“The Government has always said we would rebuild FSQ from the ground up and leave Queensland with a facility that was the envy of the world, and this is just the next step in achieving that goal.
“Work is well underway to draft the Forensic Science Queensland Bill, which will provide a statutory scaffold responsive to the Commission of Inquiry’s recommendations.
“The Queensland Government looks forward to hearing feedback from stakeholders on the draft Bill.”