DNA Testing is an optional relationship verification and the last resort strategy used by the Department in certain circumstances where biological relationships are claimed for immigration purposes, for example for the purpose of Family visas, such as Child Visas, Orphan Relative Visas, etc. Proving the applicant and/or sponsor biological relationship is usually a visa eligibility requirement.

Unfortunately, there are circumstances where the Department is not satisfied by the evidence provided as proof of biological relationships, for example, between an Australia citizen (or Permanent Resident) sponsor and the applicant(s). There are some situations where certain countries have abused the immigration program in the past and applicants have submitted official documentation that had not been reliable. Thus, the Department can request a DNA Testing to be completed.

There is no legal power compelling the applicants and/or sponsor to undertake the testing. It is rather another piece of evidence can be provided to the Department. However, if the people involved decide not to proceed, the Department will decide on the visa applications with the available information.

DNA Testing is quite simple. The testing normally involves a mouth swab or blood sample and the relationships between the applicant(s) and/or sponsor are determined.

An important thing to consider is that the Department gives complete weight to the results and takes into consideration when applicants agree to undertake the DNA Testing. Counselling is always available if the people undergoing the testing consider it necessary.

DNA Testing can be undergone both in Australian and overseas. There is not need for all participants to be at the same location. However, there are some steps that will need to be followed if some of the participants are overseas.

Steps & Requirements

Step 1: DNA Testing must be undertaken by Australian DNA Testing laboratory accredited by NATA for class of test 18.20.01 that has access to world-wide courier networks (www.nata.com/au/nata/).

Step 2: The DNA testing laboratory will give offshore clients the contact details of the sample collector that they have chosen (usually from a list of approved sample collectors) to schedule an appointment.

Step 3: DNA testing laboratory will send Form 2 (Affidavit by/in relation to the donor) and Form 4 (Parentage testing procedure) for donors to complete, sign and return to the laboratory prior to them sending out sampling kits.

Step 4: The DNA testing laboratory must complete a Statutory Declaration regarding meeting the Department’s requirements and the Cover Letter with client’s details issued by the Department. After the laboratory has completed the Stat Dec, the lab has to forward it to the Department, along with the Cover Sheet or send it together with the sampling kit to the overseas post for it be collected by the appointed witness.

Step 5: The laboratory will send a sampling kit to the nearest Australian Embassy or overseas post or directly to the sample collector in the country where the participants are located.

Step 6: Each donor must complete a Client consent pro forma (Form 2), which is the written client’s consent to disclose their DNA test results to the Department of Home Affairs. Forms have to be returned to the DNA testing lab (onshore) or taken into the sample collector for the witness to collect.

Step 7: Clients must schedule appointments for samples to be collected and pay the associated fees.

Step 8: Clients must attend the appointment with the following documents: DNA Testing request issued by the Department & Passport


You can find more information about DNA Testing is on the Department of Home Affairs’ website: