New forensic technology to identify fallen Australian soldiers

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The Hon Melissa Price MP

Minister for Defence Industry

Minister for Science and Technology

The Hon Trevor Evans MP

Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management

Member for Brisbane

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24 September 2021

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  • The Hon Trevor Evans MP, Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management, Member for Brisbane

A leading Queensland university has signed a $2.2 million contract with the Morrison Government to develop forensic technology capable of identifying the remains of Australian service members who died on the battlefield during the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the investment in the Queensland University of Technology, funded through the Defence Innovation Hub, was an important investment for Defence.

“This investment shows the Morrison Government’s ongoing commitment to recovering and identifying the remains of service members,” Minister Price said.

“This leading-edge technology is invaluable in identifying the remains of Australian soldiers recovered from historical battlefields.

“Our soldiers, sailors and airmen deserve to be identified and finally laid to rest by their family and loved ones.” 

The project seeks to combine traditional forensic methods with next-generation DNA sequencing technologies to identify recovered remains from historic conflicts

“This investment in QUT’s forensic technology capabilities will rightly benefit the families of the missing and is an important national responsibility,” said Trevor Evans MP, Member for Brisbane.

QUT’s world leading DNA identification technology will enhance sovereign forensic capability and support Defence’s Unrecovered War Casualties teams’ identifications.

Industry and research organisations can submit innovation proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal at:

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