Paternity For Life
Important Update Regarding COVID-19 and DNAQ
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At DNAQ, we are following all current advice provided by the Australian Government, local health authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO), and taking extra precautionary steps to ensure the health and safety of our laboratory staff and customer service team to minimise any disruption to testing

Please be advised our laboratory is still operational, and we are currently not experiencing any delays with processing of samples.

For all non-legal testing, a testing kit can be sent directly to your home address. You can simply collect the sample yourself at home, and post it back to DNAQ in the supplied prepaid return envelope. Legal Collection appointments are also still available at our laboratory in Brisbane upon request. However, if you are experiencing any virus-like symptoms or have travelled overseas in the past 14 days, we recommend delaying your collection or rescheduling your appointment to a later date.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff on 1300 172 837.

Personal DNA Testing

Why Would I Need a DNA Profile?

A Personal DNA profile provides you with a unique and personal form of genetic identification. Unlike other identification documents, such as your passport, your DNA profile cannot be forged and is unique to you (except in the case of identical twins).

DNA profiling in real life is not as easy as it is made out to be on TV crime shows and movies. Finding DNA from an old toothbrush or from strands of hair in a hairbrush are unreliable methods of DNA testing, as the samples are often degraded or contaminated, and the identity of the person the sample has come from cannot be verified. Dental records can also be difficult to obtain and are not as accurate and reliable as a DNA profile.

If you are travelling overseas to remote areas, or are employed in a hazardous occupation, you may consider having a personal DNA profile done before travelling or commencing work. DNAQ can offer profiling for individuals in hazardous occupations, such as:

  • Military personnel;
  • Security services in areas such as Afghanistan and Iraq;
  • Non-Government Organisation (NGO) workers;
  • Oil rig employees;
  • Emergency services, such as firefighters or police officers

In the event of an accident or disaster, having a DNA profile recorded can assist in determining if a person has been involved. We prepare our DNA profiles to ISO 17025 International Standards, which is the same standard used by Forensic Laboratories worldwide. In the event of an incident, your profile can be sent to any forensic laboratory for verification. Having a personal DNA profile can assist in identification following natural disasters, such as tsunamis, or in the event of a violent crime. A DNA profile will greatly reduce the burden on your family in identifying if you were at a disaster location, or involved in an accident.

A Personal DNA profile can also be used for legal purposes, and can be added to your will in the event of any possible future claims on your estate.

Non-Legal DNA Profile Collection Process

For a non-legal DNA profile, the sample can be collected by the person to be profiled at home, themselves, via a simple and painless mouth swab. Once we receive your application and payment, DNAQ will mail a collection kit to your nominated address. The kit will contain everything you need to collect the samples, along with clear instructions on how to do so. For non-legal tests, samples can be collected by the tested individuals themselves, from at home. We use mouth swabs for an easy and painless collection process, by simply rubbing the swab on the inside of your cheek and pressing the swab onto the included Pink DNA preservation card.

Due to this collection method, a non-legal DNA profile will not be admissible in a court of law and are for peace of mind purposes only.

Legal DNA Profile Collection Process

For a Legal DNA Profile, the sample must be collected using our Legal Chain of Custody Collection Process. This ensures the results will be legally admissible and your Personal DNA profile can be added to your legal will in the event of any possible future claims on your estate from individuals claiming to be descendants.

We will send a security sealed DNA kit to the address provided upon application. Please do not open your DNA kit. You must obtain 2 identical passport style photos and also provide valid ID at the time of sample collection. There is paperwork that will be witnessed by a Justice of the Peace and on the same day, the sample will need to be collected by a third party, such as a doctor or pathology nurse. Click here to read more about our legal collection process.

Alternatively, you can arrange an appointment for collection at our Brisbane clinic for an additional fee of $65 per person. We will arrange for a Justice of the Peace to be present to witness your paperwork and collect your DNA sample at the one appointment. Please note that appointments are subject to the availability of our Justice of the Peace. Please contact us to arrange an appointment.

Please note: Personal DNA profiles are used for profiling purposes only, and do not provide information related to other areas such as ancestry or health.

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