Welcome to the Australasian Society of Forensic Document Examiners Incorporated (ASFDE Inc.) website.

Document examination involves research and detailed analyses in search of evidence that establishes the authenticity, or otherwise, of documents and the information they contain.

Explore these pages to find out more about the examination of documents, the objectives and activities of the Society, and the requirements for the various levels of membership.

Purpose

The objectives of the Australasian Society of Forensic Document Examiners Incorporated are:

  • to foster education;
  • to encourage scientific research;
  • to exchange experiences and
  • to provide instruction

in the field of document examination and to promote justice in matters that involve questions about documents.

Our History

The Australasian Society of Forensic Document Examiners Incorporated (ASFDE Inc.) was founded from the Australian Society of Forensic Document Examiners. The Society was originally formed in 1980 by Mr Leonard Timewell, Mr Barry Short, Mr Paul Westwood, Mr James Buglio, Mr David Chivers, Mr Mark Edwards, and Mr Michael Talbot-Wilson.

1981 ASFDE meeting, Sydney.

The purpose of founding the Society was to provide a forum for bona fide forensic document examiners to advance the study and application of the field; to facilitate cooperation among persons and organisations interested in forensic document examination; and to encourage knowledge within the field of forensic document examination through publications, meetings, conferences, research and education.

In 1993, the Society changed its name to the Australasian Society of Forensic Document Examiners. In 2007, the Society was Incorporated in New South Wales as an Incorporated Association and has continued to be Incorporated having registered with the Australian Securities Investment Commission (ASIC) as a Registered Australian Body.