Media statement: Biometric Identification Services

The former CrimTrac Agency (now part of the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission) contracted NEC through an open tender process to deliver the Biometric Identification Services (BIS) project to enhance the biometric capability of police and law enforcement. BIS will be a national capability for identification using fingerprints (including palm print), footprint and facial recognition.

BIS will expand on the capability currently offered by the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS). NAFIS is a fingerprint and palm print database and matching system, which is used by police agencies to help solve crime and identify individuals by establishing a person’s identity from fingerprint and palm impressions.

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission is committed to good project governance. As part of this approach and in recognition of the changing environment in which the project is being developed, the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission commissioned an independent review to inform ongoing management of this complex project and provide recommendations to the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission Board on project progress. The Board is currently considering report recommendations.

The Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission is working collaboratively with NEC to deliver BIS to support our law enforcement partners to prevent, detect and reduce crime in our communities.

Michael Phelan APM

Chief Executive Officer

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission