Legal Paternity Testing

This testing can be used for legal issues involving: the Family Law Court of Australia, Child Support Agency payments, changes to birth certificates, immigration, surrogacy, estate matters and other legal reasons.

DNAQ processes all samples utilizing the most stringent DNA kit available on the commercial market which provides results in excess of 99.99% for father and child testing and 99.9999% when the mother’s DNA is also tested.  DNAQ is accredited to the highest International standards of ISO 17025 and with the National Association of Australian Testing Authorities (NATA).

Many issues involving paternity testing can be highly emotional.  Counselling prior to, and following testing is recommended.

Application Process

An application form must be completed, with details of all persons being tested, prior to starting any testing. Upon application and payment DNAQ will start your case. You can then either arrange a collection appointment at our Brisbane Clinic or have testing kits sent to you Australia Wide or even Internationally.

Collection Appointments at DNAQ

  1. Please call 1300 172 837 to arrange an appointment time
  2. You will need to bring 2x passport photos of each person being tested and some form of ID for each person.
  3. For legal and Immigration collections a Justice of the Peace is available on site for signing of legal paperwork required, from 10am-2pm on Wednesdays, or by special appointment. A collector is also available onsite to simplify and centralize the collection process.
  4. Please allow around 30mins for your appointment and do not eat, drink or smoke for 30mins prior to your appointment.
  5. We are located at: QIMR, 300 Herston Rd, Herston Q 4006
  6. Collections at DNAQ will incur a $60 fee per person

Collection Process with GP or Pathology Collector

  1. DNAQ will send a security sealed DNA kit for each person to the addresses provided upon application.
  2. Do not open your DNA kit – It has been security sealed and must only be opened by the doctor or pathology collector
  3. You must obtain 2 identical passport style photos of each person being tested, one will be attached to form 2 the other to form 4 which is sealed inside the kit
  4. Call doctor’s clinic or pathology collector to make an appointment (DNAQ suggests making an afternoon appointment)
  5. Form 2 must be completed prior to but on the same day as your collection (DNAQ suggests signing form 2 the morning of your appointment)
  6. Form 2 must be witnessed by a Justice of the Peace or Police Officer
  7. BOTH passport photos need to be certified by the Justice of the Peace/Police Officer
  8. If you are attending with the child in question please complete part 1 for yourself and part 2 on behalf of the child, if you are not attending with the child please leave part 2 blank.
  9. Form 2 needs to be taken with you to your appointment along with the second certified passport photo and some form of ID(e.g driver’s license, passport or medicare card for children)
  10. Do not eat, drink or smoke for 30 minutes prior to your DNA collection
  11. Please note you doctor or pathology center may charge for your collection appointment

(Any deviations from this procedure will result in delayed processing and/or re-collection of samples which will incur a $50 charge)

If you have any questions regarding the collection process, please call DNAQ on 1300 172 837 during business hours.

Processing of Samples

As soon as all samples are received, the case will be promptly processed.  We endeavor to have the results mailed within 5-10 working days of the receipt of the samples.  An Express processing option is offered for an additional $250.

Results

Results will be mailed to the alleged father and the mother.  No results will be given over the phone or faxed. Copies may be emailed the mother and alleged father if consent is given on the Authority form at time of testing.  A copy may be faxed or emailed to a nominated lawyer if DNAQ has official notification. Copies will be sent to Immigration for Immigration cases.

 Non-Legal Paternity testing

For peace of mind testing only. These results cannot be used for any purpose except your own peace of mind.

Many issues involving paternity testing can be highly emotional. Counselling prior to, and following testing is recommended.

  • Upon application and payment DNAQ will mail a collection kit and paperwork to your nominated address.
  • For non-legal tests, samples can be collected by the tested individuals themselves, at home.
  • DNAQ uses mouth swabs for a simple and painless collection.
  • Once the samples are collected, please return all items in the supplied return envelope.
  • If you have any questions regarding the collection process, please call DNAQ on 1300 172 837 in business hours.
  • As soon as all samples are received, the case will be promptly processed.  We endeavour to have the results mailed within 5-10 working days of the receipt of the samples. An Express service for processing is available  at an additional cost.
  • Results will be mailed to the person who organises testing, and any additional people as requested at time of application. Email copies may be sent if prior consent is given.

Please Call DNAQ on 1300 172837 to discuss your particular needs in choosing a legal or non-legal test.