Forensic Science SA

The Attorney-General's Department

Forensic Science SA

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Forensic Science SA (FSSA) provides independent, objective expert scientific opinions and evidence to the justice system and community of South Australia undertaking a comprehensive range of forensic case work in:   


The Pathology Group is responsible for conducting post mortem examinations at the request of the State Coroner.


Forensic Biology involves the detection and identification of biological material on exhibits collected from a crime scene. 


The Toxicology group analyses blood and other biological material for the presence of alcohol, pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs in Coronial, road traffic and criminal cases


FSSA Chemistry Group undertake a broad range of analyses including those involving Illicit Drugs, Trace Evidence and Document Examination.

What's new 

Forensic Science Centre recieves architectureticeture award;

Enduring Architecture

Jack Cheesman Award

South Australian Forensic Science Centre – SA Public Buildings Department, Government of South Australia

Blood Alcohol Certificates 

A blood sample taken under the Road Traffic Act is tested for alcohol, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, methylamphetamine and 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA).

Analyses are performed and certificates posted to the driver generally within 3 weeks, depending on when the sample is transported to FSSA. 

Watch videos about Forensic Science SA and forensic science   

Watch news stories about Forensic Science SA

Inside look into FSSA's high tech crime fighting success - link to 7 News website

TODAY Adelaide reporter Elise Baker went behind the scenes at Forensic Science SA - link to Channel 9 Jumpin website

RiAus interviewed several FSSA staff from each of our Sections about their jobs. These videos can be viewed here:

Toxicology   l   Biology  l   Chemistry  l  Pathology 

- links to RiAus YouTube channel

Watch an interview about forensic science by the former Director FSSA, the late Professor Ross Vining

Professor Ross Vining interview

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
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Contact Details


21 Divett Pl,
Adelaide SA 5001

Business hours: 9am – 5pm (unless otherwise arranged, deliveries will not be accepted outside these times)

Postal address: GPO Box 2790, Adelaide SA 5000 

Tel: 8226 7700   Fax: 8226 7777   

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