The National Institute of Forensic Science (NIFS) was established in 1992 and has five roles:

coordination of cross-jurisdictional projects, information exchange, research and innovation,

education and training, and quality. NIFS is funded and governed by all government forensic service

providers of Australia and New Zealand and ultimately reports to the Police Commissioners of the

two countries. An important work program area for NIFS is quality. NIFS has been the conduit point

for all proficiency tests purchased and analysed by Australian government laboratories since 1992

and has also developed an annual online proficiency test commencing in 1999, specific for crime

scene examiners. This presentation will cover the results of the analysis conducted by NIFS and its

interpretation to identify and measure the quality and error within these proficiency tests within

Australia. Additionally, NIFS’ other activities in quality and error management will be presented.