If you have received an order from the Family Court to undergo paternity testing, or you need to prove paternity for other legal reasons, such as adding your name to a child's birth certificate, you will need a legally admissible DNA test from a NATA accredited laboratory.
What is a NATA accredited laboratory?
NATA, which stands for the National Association of Testing Authorities, is an external body that assesses paternity testing laboratories to ensure they comply with the requirements of the Family Law Regulations 1984 (Cth) and an international standard called ISO/IEC 17025. You can check if your chosen laboratory has the appropriate accreditation on the NATA website. You may find other options on the internet that appear cheaper than accredited labs but be aware that you get what you pay for. Results provided by these labs won't be accepted in court and you will need to undergo the process again.
Contact Identilab to discuss your situation
Identilab staff are highly trained to answer any questions and concerns you might have about the DNA testing process and will take you through every step. Give us a call on 1300 114 294 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. A legally admissible DNA test at Identilab costs $495 and includes testing for the alleged father, the known mother, and one child. Additional children can be tested for $195 each.
If you are local to Brisbane, we can arrange a free appointment in our office. During this appointment we will complete all the required paperwork with you and collect your DNA sample. We appreciate that the relationship between parents may be strained at this time, and do not require you to attend the same appointment together. Separate appointments can be scheduled to suit each parent or participant.
For customers elsewhere in Australia, we will send out a DNA collection kit to you. This comes with detailed instructions, a consent form, and a sample pack that contains everything your chosen medical professional needs to collect your sample from you. This can be a GP, clinic nurse, or pathology collector. Depending on your location, we can also provide you with a request form for your nearest Pathology Collection Centre. Please note that your sample collector will likely charge you a small fee to collect your sample. This is not included in our testing fees.
Completing the paperwork and having your sample collected
As the results are being used for legal purposes, it is important that everyone is properly identified. Each person being tested will need to provide two passport-sized photos. One of these photos will be attached to the consent form, known as the Form 2, which must be completed and signed in the presence of a qualified witness such as a Justice of the Peace or legal practitioner. By signing this form, you are consenting to have your sample taken for the purposes of the paternity test. Everyone being tested will need to complete their own Form 2. A person who is responsible for the long‑term care, welfare and development of the child will complete this on their behalf.
You will need to have your sample collected on the same day that you complete your Form 2. Make sure you take your instructions, completed Form 2, second passport-sized photo, and sealed sample pack to your appointment. Your sample collector will attach your second photo to another form called a Form 4, which they will complete and sign. They will then collect a sample from the inside of your mouth using a foam swab. Once this is done, the sampler will package and seal all the paperwork and the sample into a tamper proof bag for returning to Identilab. Once we have the samples back in the laboratory we will let you know and processing will begin. Our standard turnaround time for results is 5 business days, and we also have an Express Testing option for $195. This will ensure you have your results within 2 business days of us receiving the samples.
We know this process can be overwhelming, which is why we're only a phone call or email away! Get in contact on 1300 114 294 or via email@example.com and we will try to reduce any anxiety you may be feeling.