Membership of the ASFDE Inc. is open to practitioners, students or associated professionals of the Forensic Document Examination community. The levels of membership are:
Associate: Individuals who are fully-trained document examiners but not otherwise meeting the requirements for regular membership. This level of membership is also for individuals working in an industry directly related to the discipline of forensic document examination.
Provisional: Individuals who are in training to become forensic document examiners in a forensic document laboratory that is recognised by the committee, or individuals who are fully trained but have not worked full-time in the field for 5 years.
Regular: Individuals who are practising and presenting expert evidence in the field of forensic document examination; have a minimum of 5 years experience; are working full-time in a forensic document laboratory recognised by the committee and are recognised in their laboratory as being fully trained.
Life Member: Individuals who have been regular members of the Society in excess of 20 years; such persons who meet this criteria can be nominated for life membership and are elected to this level of membership by the committee of the Society on recommendation.
All applications for membership are subject to the discretion of the committee.
No distinction is made in the levels of membership on the basis of tasks undertaken, for example, it is not a requirement that handwriting and signature examination forms part of their job description.
To be elected to a position of ordinary member on the committee, individuals must hold provisional, regular, or life membership. To be elected to an executive position on the committee, individuals must hold regular or life membership.
The membership application form can be downloaded as a PDF Document below.
Please download the form, complete and email or post it along with your CV to the secretary ( firstname.lastname@example.org or post to PO BOX 167 Manly NSW 1655).
The current annual membership fee is $80. The annual membership fee is payable on notification of acceptance as a member of the ASFDE Inc. Payments can be paid by EFT or over the counter deposit. Please contact the secretary for details.
Current members of the Australasian Society of Forensic Document Examiners Inc include members from the following government organisations:
- Australian Federal Police (AFP)
- Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
- Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)
- Forensic Science SA (FSSA)
- NSW Police Force (NSWPol)
- Queensland Police Force
- Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA)
And from the following private practices:Forensic Document Analysis and Training
- Forensic Document Examination (Australia)
- Forensic Science S.A.
- Handwriting and Document Forensic Experts- HD Forensic Experts Pty Ltd
- John Gregory
- Linda Morrell
- Questioned Document Unit
- Scientific Document Services
As at January 2013, the ASFDE inc has a membership of over fifty recognised forensic document examiners and trainees.