Michelle Novotny

BSc (Hons) App. Chem., Foren. Sc.,  D-ABFDE

Senior Forensic Document and Handwriting Examiner
Managing Director

Email: michelle@forensicdocument.com.au


Michelle joined FDS in 1997. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Chemistry and Forensic Science from the University of Technology, Sydney, graduating with first class honours.

Michelle has undertaken document examinations in civil, criminal and private matters throughout Australia and in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Fiji on a broad range of document examination matters. She has testified and been accepted as an expert in the examination of handwriting and questioned documents on numerous occasions before Tribunals, Magistrates, District, Supreme, Federal and Family Courts in many jurisdictions throughout Australia as well as in foreign Tribunals and Courts.

Michelle continues to do research in various areas of document examination and has co-authored a number of scientific articles for presentation at national and international forensic science conferences and for publication in national and international forensic science journals.

She regularly co-presents workshops to investigators, regulators, financial institutions and lawyers in both the private and government sectors in Australia and throughout South-East Asia.

She also presents seminars for the Law Societies and Bar Associations and other legal societies and groups throughout Australia and in Hong Kong and Singapore as part of their respective continuing professional development programs.

Since 2015, Michelle has been continuously certified by and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners, Inc. (ABFDE). 

Michelle has a strong interest in conclusion terminology and standards development.  She has been invited to participate in the Questioned Documents sub-committee of the Organisation for Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) of the US Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in partnership with the US Department of Justice, for the development of standards in our field.  She is also on the Forensic Document Examination Consensus Body of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Academy Standards Board (ASB) to work on the existing American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)/Scientific Working Group for Forensic Document Examination (SWGDOC) Standards in the field and those being developed and reviewed by the NIST OSAC Forensic Document Examination subcommittee.




·         Member and former Vice President of the Australasian Society of Forensic Document Examiners Inc. (ASFDE Inc.)

·         Corresponding member of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners (ASQDE) 

·         Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS)

·         Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)

·         Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (UK)

·         Australian Institute of Professional Investigators (AIPI)

·         International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI)


·         Previously a member of the Australian Payments Clearing Association’s Australian Paper Clearing System Advisory Council and working group in respect of cheque security (APCA APCS)