These questions relate to our legal paternity testing

QUESTION:

Can I send in anonymous samples? 

No, we maintain line of custody of ALL samples tested at DNALabs. We send collection materials directly to a doctor or trained pathology collector, and the specimens are returned directly to us by the professional.

 

Can I take the samples myself at home? 

No. Samples must be collected in a controlled environment, by a doctor, pathology collector, or a DNALabs staff member, to ensure line of custody of the samples.

 

Can the results be used in the Family Law Court of Australia? 

Yes, our Legal DNA testing can be used for Family Law related matters

 

How accurate is the paternity testing? 

DNALabs testing has the highest likelihood of excluding a falsely assumed father. A man who does not match the child's paternal DNA type can be excluded with 100% certainty.

If the man is included, with DNA Labs testing, the probability of him being the father is usually greater than 99.95%. The PCR testing performed by DNA Labs is more direct and therefore more accurate than older methods, such as blood grouping and other less extensive PCR testing offered by some paternity testing laboratories.

 

Is this THE MOST ACCURATE test?

Yes, DNA testing is by far the most accurate means to assess paternity or biological relationships.

 

Who can witness the Form 2 Affidavit?

In Australia the approved witnesses for a Form 2 affidavit are: Justice of the Peace, Solicitor, Notary Public, Commissioner of Oaths, Sergeant or higer ranked Police Officer.

For overseas donors, an Australian or British Embassy, Consulate or High Commission officer can also witness this document.

 

Why does the mother need to participate?

When the mother to a child participates in the testing, the results are more conclusive.

Our DNA testing (non legal) can be performed without the mothers sample and will still indicate if the possible father is not excluded from paternity of a child.

 

Can you test for paternity during pregnancy? 

Yes. Samples are collected by an obstetrician, either your own or one that DNALabs can direct you to. Testing is available as early as 10 and a half weeks gestation, so liaise with us as soon as possible.

Prenatal sampling carries a small risk of miscarriage - which must be discussed with your obstetrician.

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How long does an immigration test take?

From the date the last sample is received in the laboratory, results are reported from 5 - 8 business days. However in some cases, it can take up to several weeks to have the samples collected by an embassy official overseas. DNALabs has no control over when samples are collected overseas. We contact the appropriate embassy as soon as we receive an application from the sponsor, and commence setting up an appointment. It is up to the embassy to schedule dates for appointments.

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How long does paternity testing take? 

From receipt of all samples, results are reported within 5 - 8  working days. For an additional fee we can fast track your testing and report results within 2 to 3 working days.

Please contact the lab for pre approval of this service on 1300 633 244 (+61 2 9855 6199)

  

Is DNA Labs an accredited lab? 

Yes. DNALabs has the highest level of National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) Accreditation ISO/IEC Guide 17025 for Parentage Testing and Molecular Genetic Diagnostic Testing. The scientific and reporting procedures conducted by DNA Labs comply with the Family Law Act 1975 and Regulations and Legal reports are admissible as evidence to the Family Court.

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Is the cost of the paternity test covered by Medicare or private health insurance in Australia? 

No. However our fees are highly competitive with other paternity testing laboratories across Australia. If you are obtaining financial assistance from Legal Aid, we require a letter from them confirming the financial arrangements.

 

Is the sample collection painful?

No, our preferred sample is from a mouth swab.

Sometimes if the sample is collected overseas, blood spot DNA is collected using a few drops of blood from a finger prick.

 

What if someone is overseas or interstate?

This is not a problem. We have a network of collection centers both Australia-wide and internationally, and transport collection materials to and from our Sydney laboratory daily.

 

Can you do a test to see if I am of aboriginal descent? 

No, we are unable to test for Aboriginal heritage.

 

Why is paternity testing not cheaper? 

The technology employed for DNA testing is highly technical and expensive. Additionally, a great deal of scientific time is spent analyzing, interpreting and reporting results.

 

Do you test hair samples? 

No, we do not routinely test hair samples. DNALabs tests mouth swab or blood spot samples collected in a controlled environment in the presence of a doctor/pathology collector.