Forensic Science SA

The Attorney-General's Department

Forensic Science SA

Forensic Science SA image showing different scientic disciplines: toxicology, biology , chemistry, pathology









Forensic Science SA (FSSA) provides independent, objective expert scientific opinions and evidence to the justice system and community of South Australia undertaking a comprehensive range of forensic case work in:   


The Pathology Group is responsible for conducting post mortem examinations at the request of the State Coroner.


Forensic Biology involves the detection and identification of biological material on exhibits collected from a crime scene. 


Toxicology is the analysis of blood and tissue samples in cases of criminal offences whilst under the influence of alcohol/drugs 


FSSA Chemistry Group comprises the Illicit Drug, Trace Evidence       and Document Examination    Sections.

What's new 

Dr Paul Pigou awarded Public Service Medal in the 2016 Australia Day Honours

FSSA in the news

Inside look into FSSA's high tech crime fighting success - link to 7 News website

TODAY Adelaide reporter Elise Baker went behind the scenes at Forensic Science SA - link to Channel 9 Jumpin website

What is it like being a forensic scientist?  

RiAus interviewed several FSSA staff from each of our Sections about their jobs. These videos can be viewed here:

Toxicology   l   Biology  l   Chemistry  l  Pathology 

- links to RiAus YouTube channel

Watch videos about Forensic Science, including an interview by former FSSA director, the late Professor Ross Vining  

Professor Ross Vining interview

Last updated: 
Thursday, 28 January 2016
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Contact Details


21 Divett Pl,
Adelaide SA 5001

Business hours: 9am – 5pm (unless otherwise arranged, deliveries will not be accepted outside these times)

Postal address: GPO Box 2790, Adelaide SA 5000 

Tel: 8226 7700   Fax: 8226 7777   

Contact FSSA by email