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

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 the highest level of 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 DNA Labs 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 both Australia-wide and internationally, and transport collection materials to and from our Sydney laboratory daily.

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.   

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 higer 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.

Yes. Samples are collected by an obstetrician, either your own or one that DNALabs can direct you to. Testing is available as early as 10 and a half weeks gestation, so liaise with us as soon as possible.

Prenatal sampling carries a small risk of miscarriage - which must be discussed with your obstetrician.

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.

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