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Frequently asked questions

Please find below some of the most common questions.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions. Your understanding of the process is very important to us.

General FAQs

We express post a report of the results to all postal address(es) nominated on the application form. We can also fax the report to a Doctor or solicitor if nominated on the application form. Results cannot be issued to a minor under the age of 18. We do not email results.

No, you do not need a Doctor's referral. Our testing is forensic instead of medical.

No. For all samples tested at DNALabs we must have consent from each person. We send collection materials directly to a doctor or trained pathology collector, and the specimens are returned directly to us by the professional.

Yes. DNALabs has National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) Accreditation ISO/IEC Guide 17025 for Parentage Testing and Molecular Genetic Diagnostic Testing. The scientific and reporting procedures conducted by DNALabs comply with the Family Law Act 1975 and Regulations and Legal reports are admissible as evidence to the Family Court.

No, our preferred sample is from a mouth swab.

Sometimes if the sample is collected overseas, blood spot DNA is collected using a few drops of blood from a finger prick.

This is not a problem. We have a network of collection centers in Australia. If anyone is overseas they can either nominate an English speaking Doctor for their collection or if the case has been requested by the department then a Panel Physician approved by the department will be the designated collector.  We provide collection materials to our Australian collection centres and to the overseas Doctors and transport to and and from our Sydney laboratory of these collection materials and samples is taken care of by us.

No, we are unable to test for Aboriginal heritage.

No, we are not validated to test hair samples. DNALabs routinely tests mouth swab or blood spot samples collected in a controlled environment in the presence of a doctor/pathology collector.   

We can obtain enough DNA profile from a mouth swab to perform testing.

Legal paternity testing FAQs

No. Samples must be collected in a controlled environment, by a doctor, pathology collector, or a DNALabs staff member, to ensure a chain of custody of the samples.

Yes, our Legal DNA testing can be used for Family Law related matters.

DNALabs testing has the highest likelihood of excluding a falsely assumed father. A man who does not match the child's paternal DNA type can be excluded with 100% certainty.

If the man is included, with DNALabs testing, the probability of him being the father is usually greater than 99.95%. The PCR testing performed by DNA Labs is more direct and therefore more accurate than older methods, such as blood grouping and other less extensive PCR testing offered by some paternity testing laboratories.

Yes, DNA testing is by far the most accurate means to assess paternity or biological relationships.

In Australia the approved witnesses for a Form 2 affidavit are: Justice of the Peace, Solicitor, Notary Public, Commissioner of Oaths, Sergeant or higher ranked Police Officer.

For overseas donors, an Australian or British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission officer can also witness this document.

When the mother to a child participates in the testing, the results are more conclusive.

Our DNA testing (non-legal) can be performed without the mothers sample and will still indicate if the possible father is excluded or not excluded from paternity of a child.

No. We no longer offer prenatal paternity testing. If you wish to test for paternity during pregnancy, please discuss options with your Doctor.

From receipt of all samples, results are reported within 5 - 8  working days. For an additional fee we can fast track your testing and report results within 2 to 3 working days.

Please contact the lab for pre-approval of this service on 1300 633 244 (+61 2 9855 6199)

No. However our fees are highly competitive with other paternity testing laboratories across Australia. If you are obtaining financial assistance from Legal Aid, we require a letter from them confirming the financial arrangements.

The technology employed for DNA testing is highly technical and expensive. Additionally, a great deal of scientific time is spent analyzing, interpreting and reporting results.

There is a government legislated process to confirm/verify the identity of each donor and ensure that the correct child is collected. Additionally there will be a photograph of the child on the report.  

Immigration testing FAQs

From the date the last sample is received in the laboratory, results are reported from 5 - 8 business days. However in some cases, it can take up to several weeks to have the samples collected by an embassy official overseas. DNALabs has no control over when samples are collected overseas. We contact the appropriate embassy as soon as we receive an application from the sponsor, and commence setting up an appointment. It is up to the embassy to schedule dates for appointments.

Yes, DNALabs;

- Is accredited for family law testing.
- Is accredited by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) in Australia.
- Complies with the Department’s DNA testing laboratory requirements, especially in an international context.

Yes. When testing is complete we send out two copies of the report; one electonically secure to the Department and one express posted to you/your address or recipient for your records.