The National DNA Investigative Capability (NDIC) project will deliver a strategic DNA investigative capability platform, which enables Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission's law enforcement partners to better utilise DNA technology within their state or territory legislation and policies.
The enhanced service will better support, extend and improve the technology and capabilities surrounding DNA matching. The solution will enhance the agency’s existing National Criminal Investigation DNA database, which allows police to link DNA profiles across Australia’s state and territory borders.
DNA profiling is a forensic identification tool of considerable power. The chance of two unrelated individuals sharing the same DNA profile is approximately one in a billion; making a match between a crime scene profile and that of a suspect a crucial importance. DNA evidence has been used to implicate criminals in serious offences, as well as helping to solve many high volume crimes. Just as importantly, DNA has also clearly established the innocence of many people who might otherwise be suspects for a crime.
These new capabilities can be used to examine DNA profiles to establish biological relationships between individuals, and can be used in the identification of missing persons, unidentified human remains and victims of mass disasters.