Forensic/Technical Officer

The Victoria Police Forensic Services Department is an accredited laboratory that provides a professional forensic service to Victoria Police, persons involved with the administration of justice and the public.
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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Science
Classification: FrO2
Work Location: Melbourne - Northern Metro
Reference: VG/E20005640
Closing Date: 26-Sep-2022
Salary Range: $70,086 - $77,377
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: C3336 FO-2 Position Description - Oct 21.docx (Word, 577KB)

VPS Application Form - Fingerprint Technician (FO-2) - September 2022.docx (Word, 628KB)

Role Statement - FO2 Fingerprint Technician September 2022.docx (Word, 113KB)

03 9450-3611

Position Details

Victoria Police

Forensic Services Department

Fingerprint Sciences Group

Ongoing Forensic /Technical Officer Level 2 role available

About the Role:

The Victoria Police Forensic Services Department is an accredited laboratory that provides a professional forensic service to Victoria Police, persons involved with the administration of justice, and the public. 

Fingerprint Sciences Group:

The primary functions of the FSG are the recovery and identification of fingerprint evidence from casework and the maintenance and administration of known fingerprint samples in accordance with Section 464 of the Victorian Crimes Fingerprint Act 1958.  Evidence from crime scenes and samples from unknown persons are examined to recover and identify fingerprint evidence and link persons of interest to casework.

These roles contribute to ensuring a high level of fingerprint service delivery, providing technical and administrative support in relation to fingerprint casework management and evidence recovery.

Victoria Police is a contemporary and agile workplace and support flexible working arrangements.

As the successful applicant, some of your duties will include:

  • Processing and management of ten print fingerprint records on the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS).
  • Conduct analysis of samples and initial examination of exhibits under direction and supervision within defined parameters.
  • Attend the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) for the purposes of fingerprinting deceased persons.
  • Present factual evidence in Courts of Law where required.
  • Operate and maintain existing systems and processes including technical and scientific equipment.
  • Conduct quality controls within work area, including keeping records where necessary.
  • Regularly interact and liaise with a range of internal and external stakeholders to provide specialist information.
  • Maintain and update record systems (including PaLM, NAFIS and LEAP).
  • Assist in prioritising tasks in order to achieve service delivery targets.
  • Solve routine problems using readily available information.
  • Required to work as part of a collaborative team.
  • Provide general administrative assistance, respond to customer enquiries, maintain records and compile reports.

Skills & Experience

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Ability to undertake scientific/technical examinations following established procedures.
  • Experience with the operation and maintenance of relevant scientific instrumentation.
  • Proven administrative skills including the maintenance of detailed and accurate records.
  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills with an emphasis on the ability to impart specialist knowledge and advice to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work autonomously and/or in a team environment and to manage workloads in order to meet defined/agreed targets and deadlines.
  • Prepare reports and provide results on technical matters relevant to own work area.
  • An understanding of the customer service requirements of the position and a demonstrated record of strong commitment and achievement in meeting customer needs.
  • A proven record of ethical behaviour and a demonstrated commitment to the Victoria Police Code of Ethics and Conduct and the Organisational Values.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • Positions are located at 31 Forensic Drive, Macleod, Victoria.
  • Complete the relevant discipline specific graduate certificate.
  • The position will require the incumbent to work outside the ordinary hours e.g. (Shift work/Overtime/On call)
  • The successful candidate will be required to provide a DNA sample (buccal swab) for use in laboratory quality control procedures (elimination purposes only)
  • The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include fingerprint checks and misconduct screening.
  • Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • In accordance with the Acting Chief Health Officer's Direction – COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions, you are required to be fully vaccinated and your employment with Victoria Police is subject to proof of vaccination.

How to apply

Your application must include:

  • Resume
  • Completed application form - attached to the job advertisement.

 Please Note: All applications will need to be submitted through the following platform: Job Skills Exchange (JSE) or website.  Applications will not be accepted via other platforms or email.

Current Victorian Government employees must apply via Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE).

Applications close midnight, Monday 26th September 2022 - No applications will be accepted via email.

For further information on this role contact: Nicole Mabotha-Naidu on 03 9450 3611 or via email

If you have a disability/medical condition and require a copy of this advertisement and attached documentation in an accessible format or would like to discuss an access requirements/reasonable adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact VPS Recruitment via email

About Us:

Victoria Police has a dedicated workforce of more than 22,000 employees consisting of police, protective services officers, police custody officers, and public service staff. Each employee plays a vital role in providing the 24/7, 365 days a year emergency response and public safety capability the organisation delivers to its community. As a Victoria Police employee, you have a dedication and commitment to community safety. 

Having a workforce that reflects the community we serve is important to Victoria Police. We want to attract and retain people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities, and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. If you are interested in a position, we encourage you to apply as we celebrate the benefit that diversity brings to our employees, our services, and our community.

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