The committee controls and manages the affairs of the society, and consists of the office-bearers and 3 – 5 ordinary committee members.

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 office-bearer position on the committee, individuals must hold regular or life membership.


The current committee of the ASFDE Inc. was elected at the annual general meeting held virtually on the 26th of May 2021.

President Kathryn Miegel
Vice President Dr Carolyne Bird
Secretary Linda Jones
Treasurer Katrina Stokes
Ordinary Members Andrea Devlin, Melanie Holt, Amanda Kumar, Dr Steven Strach and Cliff Hobden
Public Officer Melanie Holt



The annual general meeting (AGM) of the society is held around May of each year and coincides with a scientific meeting and/or workshop opportunity. Notice of each AGM will be sent to current members directly, in accordance with the constitution, and will be posted to the password protected Members’ Area.

Scientific Meetings

Yearly scientific meetings are held in conjunction with the annual general meetings of the society. All members are invited to attend and present any research to aid in collaboration between members of different organisations. Members are encouraged to present a paper (based on research or a case study, etc.) at least once every two years.

Professional Development Award

The ASFDE Inc Professional Development Award is offered biennially and is open to Regular, Life and Corresponding members who are a practicing or trainee FDE.

The purpose of the Award is to provide financial support (up to AUD$2000) to members so that they can attend a professional development event which will help to further develop their skills, knowledge or expertise in the field of forensic document examination.

A maximum of one Award will be offered per biennium.

Application Process

Applications open upon notification by the President to all members

Applicants must be a current financial Regular, Life or Corresponding member of the ASFDE Inc with at least 24 months of membership at the time of application. Applicants must be either a practicing or trainee FDE.

All applications must submitted on the official application form addressing all the selection criteria.

The ASFDE Inc Committee will nominate a selection panel to assess applications.

Conditions and Responsibilities of the Award

Full details, including selection criteria, conditions and responsibilities of the award are outlined in the Professional Development Award policy.

 Contact and Related Documents

All questions or correspondence related to the award should be directed to 

Related Documents: Professional Development Award Policy