Forensic services play a critical role in criminal investigations. Police, prosecutors, and the courts rely on forensic services to help them identify, exonerate, prosecute, and convict people suspected of committing crimes.

In our audit Delivering forensic services (Report 21: 2018–19), we assessed whether agencies deliver forensic services efficiently and effectively to support criminal investigations and prosecutions.

In the Women’s Safety and Justice Taskforce’s report Hear her voice, the taskforce recommended that the Queensland Audit Office follow up the recommendations from our original report.

Audit Objective

This audit will assess whether the entities have effectively implemented the recommendations relating to forensic medical examination services and the effectiveness of those services in meeting the needs of victims and the forensic system. Given the recent Commission of Inquiry into Forensic DNA Testing in Queensland, we will not examine the delivery of DNA services, as undertaken by Forensic Services Queensland, and any associated recommendations from our original report.

Who we might audit
  • Department of Justice and Attorney-General
  • Queensland Police
  • Queensland Health.
Area of focus
Healthy and safe Queenslanders
Parliamentary Committee
Community Safety and Legal Affairs Committee
In progress
Anticipated tabling: Apr–Jun 2024