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Ben Kriss

Forensic Document Examiner, Document Examination Unit, Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australia


Non-secure security documents…or none at all!

(Government only session)

  • Examination of identity and other supporting documents that contain no high-security features;
  • What can we evaluate and how reliable is it?
  • What about when there are no original documents, only copies, scans or attachments to online applications?


While Australia has enviably low numbers of improperly documented arrivals at its airports, the country’s document examination laboratories are overwhelmed with casework, and are still feeling the effect of the spike in arrival of asylum seekers by boat between 2009-2013, many of whom arrived with no documents of identity or in support of their claims.

The variety and quality of documents received for examination has been challenging but in many cases they are simply as good as it gets from these source countries.  With the person already within Australia’s borders it is our responsibility to do whatever we can to verify who they are. And sometimes there are no physical documents at all…we have found ourselves thrown in to the world of assessing non-original documents, which has seen some interesting challenges and cases come our way.

However, it is not only the asylum seeker caseload that presents this latest challenge. Increasingly, departmental services are offered online, and identity and supporting documents are accepted electronically. This is a necessary step in today’s online world, but how do we handle the potential for document fraud in this electronic caseload?


Biography
Benjamin is responsible for delivering forensic document examination support services for Immigration and Border Protection officers. This includes our borders (Airports and Seaports) and visa and citizenship processing areas, where clients may present a range of identity and other documents. Our services extend to supporting other government departments and agencies in training and information sharing. Contributing to Australia's capacity building program, Benjamin delivers forensic document examination training to foreign countries to strengthen their visa programs and border protection processes.in document examination and assessment techniques to DIBP officers and external agencies.


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