Sharing national policing information for a safer community
CrimTrac is responsible for the ongoing development of fingerprint and DNA information sharing technologies and their application in law enforcement.
The National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS) is a finger and palm print database and matching system that assist Australian policing agencies and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) to manage fingerprint records, confirm identities of persons of interest and resolve crime.
CrimTrac is working to deliver an improved National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS) capability to support the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) on the main NAFIS system which will enable CrimTrac to support DIAC’s proposed extended service into offshore biometric based immigration record checks.
The National Criminal Investigation DNA Database (NCIDD) is a tool for police and forensic scientists to match DNA profiles nationally. It is a powerful investigative tool and intelligence resource crossing all jurisdictional boundaries.
To ensure privacy and security, the database does not store any biographic details and uses only a numeric identifier for DNA profiles. This approach is fully compliant with the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).
CrimTrac provides a reliable technological platform to enable national sharing of DNA profile information. A committed policy approach ensures all state and territory legislation permits the exchange of this information.
CrimTrac is working to deliver an expanded National Criminal Investigation DNA Database (NCIDD) database to enable the adoption of European DNA markers as the new standard for Australia.
The implementation of the new standard is an adoption of international best practice and will assist the police to more quickly resolve missing persons and unknown deceased cases.