16th Annual Clayton Utz / University of Sydney International Arbitration Lecture 2017

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Paul Westwood and Michelle Novotny again attended the annual International Arbitration Lecture organised by Clayton Utz and the University of Sydney, and held at the Federal Court’s Ceremonial Court, in Sydney on 11 October 2017.  These lectures are of interest to the Forensic Document Services Pty Ltd team as their work includes being engaged as forensic document examiners in international arbitration matters.  The guest speaker was Sir Bernard Eder who provided his insights on the topic of “International Arbitration – How Worldly Is It?”.  The diversity of many aspects of international arbitration including the locations of the dispute resolution centres, the countries of origin of the parties, and the nationalities of the arbitrators, as well as the statistics over recent years, demonstrate that international arbitration is indeed very worldly and increasingly so, in a global sense, and to the great benefit of the process, as discussed by Sir Eder.

International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI) Australia Quarter #3 Meeting Sydney, 29 September 2017

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Michelle Novotny attended this quarter’s IAFCI meeting of the NSW Chapter in Sydney, where updates were given by Chapter President Mr Con Nikolaou on the recent International IAFCI Conference in Canada, as well as on the upcoming IAFCI NSW Chapter Training Day 2017 IAFCI Asia Pacific Financial Crimes Symposium in Sydney, 27 October 2017.  Mr Jon Malone, Head of Fraud & ID for Experian, Australia and New Zealand, shared his insights on “Cybersecurity (new technologies, Device Intelligence)”, providing numerous interesting and shocking statistics for various matters relating to identity theft around the world.  A law enforcement update was also given by a member of the Fraud & Cybercrime Squad of the NSW Police Force.

Biometrics Institute Member Meeting Sydney, 26 September 2017

Friday, 29 September 2017

Michelle Novotny attended this Biometrics Institute Meeting which was hosted by the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.  Mr Terry Aulich, as Chair of the Privacy Committee of the Biometrics Institute, was the first speaker and his topic was “Biometrics and Privacy – What is being done?”.  The presentation was enlightening on numerous aspects of privacy policy and initiatives such as the Privacy Guidelines and Privacy Impact Assessment for Biometrics.  The second speaker of the day was Mr Brett Feldon, General Manager Speech Solutions of Salmat, who discussed “Advancing the customer experience with Voice Biometrics”, emphasising the omnipresence of voice and that, as a biometric, it is used for many things from booking a taxi to identification.  The Biometrics Institute Showcase Australia 2017 will be held in Canberra in November.

Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) ACT Branch meeting, 5 September 2017

Friday, 8 September 2017

Steven Strach attended a lecture by Nicholas O’Brien, Associate Professor, Counter-Terrorism, Head of Australian Graduate School of Policing & Security, Charles Sturt University at Tuesday evening’s meeting of ANZFSS(ACT).  The topic was “Suicide Terrorism”.  Nick gave a well presented and very informative insight into the history of suicide terrorism, which has come into prominence since about 1983.  One of the important messages that came across was that Australia should not be complacent about this issue, which has dominated world events, in particular since 2001 “9/11”.  It is not an “over there” issue, it is very much with us here in Australia and it appears that it will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.  The world-wide incidences have increased, and quite dramatically so since 2001.  Nick said that, if there is one message we should take away from his presentation, it is that those incidences of suicide terrorism that have a religious association (i.e. most such events) involve people who really believe that they are taking the path to martyrdom and will reap the well-publicised rewards.

IAFCI Second Quarter Meeting – 30 June 2017

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Michelle Novotny attended the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators (IAFCI) second quarter meeting on 30 June 2017.  That meeting’s program included three very knowledgeable speakers.  Elly Johnson (Training Group International) discussed the topic of Evaluating Truthfulness and Detecting Deception in Interviews and Communication.  Rob Crawford (Senior Analyst in Financial Crimes with the Customer Owned Banking Association, COBA) provided an update on the current financial crimes climate and strategies being implemented by COBA.  DSC Jamie Gavan (Fraud and Cybercrime Squad, NSW Police Force) provided a law enforcement update and statistics on current crime trends.

AIPI NSW Chapter Meeting – 29 June 2017

Monday, 17 July 2017

Michelle Novotny attended the recent NSW Chapter of the Australian Institute of Professional Investigators (AIPI) meeting held on Thursday, 29 June 2017, where Dr Kath Hall shared her strong interest and extensive knowledge to the group about the current whistleblower landscape and latest developments in Australian and global regulations and standards development in that area.  

Australasian Society of Forensic Document Examiners Inc. (ASFDE Inc.) AGM and Scientific Meeting 2017

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The whole Forensic Document Services Pty Ltd examiner team: Paul Westwood, Michelle Novotny, Steven Strach, Andrea Devlin and Claire Graydon, travelled to Melbourne last week for the ASFDE Inc. 2017 scientific meeting.  Two days of workshops presented by international colleagues, one day of presentations and discussion, the ASFDE Inc. AGM, attendance at the PacPrint Exhibition, and an industry visit to Placard, successfully filled the week with professional development, knowledge sharing and networking.

Lecture at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), 18 May 2017

Friday, 19 May 2017

On 18 May 2017, Claire Graydon was a guest lecturer for the Chemical Criminalistics class of the Forensic Science stream at UTS. The lecture provided an overview of the scope of forensic document examination, covered aspects of invasive and non-invasive examination techniques as well as proper collection, handling and storage of document evidence.

Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) meeting, 17 May 2017

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Prof. Michael S. Pollanen MD PhD, Chief Forensic Pathologist, Ontario Forensic Pathology Service was the plenary speaker at last night’s meeting of the AAFS in Sydney.  Michelle Novotny attended the seminar which discussed how a number of wrongful convictions in Ontario, Canada were the catalyst for capability development in forensic pathology, and the broader field of pathology as a whole, in the region. There was also much discussion of this year’s 21st Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) to be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in August, as well as of Sydney’s bid to host the next IAFS meeting, in 2020, jointly with the meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS).  The decision regarding the 2020 IAFS meeting will be announced in August. 

Electronic Document Records Management (EDRM) Australia Forum

Monday, 1 May 2017

Michelle Novotny attended a forum on Electronic Document Records Management (EDRM) on 26 April 2017 in Melbourne, similar to the event held in Sydney in February of this year.  Michelle presented a seminar at the workshop addressing how EDRM processes can compromise forensic document evidence in civil and criminal disputes.  Considerations discussed for improving EDRM systems included imaging processes, uncompressed file formats and increased resolutions.  The limitations associated with examining non-originals, which are often the product of EDRM systems, have long been a concern of Forensic Document Services, and we hope that the seminar and similar future seminars will stimulate productive dialogues with developers and users of EDRM systems.