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Below are answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about our Paternity Tests. Simply click on each question to expand the relevant section. If you have any questions about our other tests or services please see our Sibling DNA Testing page or our Kinship (Relationship) Testing page, or contact us.
A child receives half their genetic information (DNA) from their biological mother and half from their biological father. So, first we test a number of specific areas of DNA in order to determine the genetic profile of each person involved in the paternity test. Then we analyse these profiles to establish how much genetic information, if any, was contributed to the child by a potential father.
We offer Peace of Mind non-legal paternity testing. This means that our paternity tests are for your personal information. They are not legal tests and are not intended for use in a Court of Law.
For more information about the types of paternity tests we offer please see our Paternity Testing page.
We also offer other DNA testing services such as sibling testing, grandparent and other Family Relationship (Kinship) Testing.
To perform a paternity test we need DNA samples, such as mouth swabs, from each person. A mouth swab is simply a swab of the cheek cells from inside your mouth. Samples are taken with special cotton mouth swabs which are provided in your test kit. This is the easiest way to obtain a sample for testing and is completely painless.
If you would like to provide a different type of sample please contact us to discuss this.
The DNA collection kit contains everything that you will need to take your samples, including an application form, full instructions on how to take your samples, the required number of swabs in separate labelled bags for each person and a reply paid return envelope.
Yes, we can send kits to two different addresses. If you are ordering online please let us know in the comments field that kits need to be sent to two addresses. Also place the full name and address for the second delivery address in the comments field. If you wish to order over the phone please let us know that you need kits sent to two addresses and we will arrange this.
Unused swabs will keep indefinitely as long as the packaging is intact.
Once the swabs have been opened and used to take a mouth swab sample they should be air dried at room temperature for 2 minutes. They should then be put back inside the peel packaging and then placed inside the labelled grip seal bags as per the instructions enclosed in the DNA collection kit.
If the swabs cannot be returned promptly please keep them under refrigerated conditions.
No, provided you have a sample from the potential father, you do not need a sample from the mother for the paternity test to work. However, providing a sample from the mother increases the accuracy of the DNA analysis because we then have more genetic information to compare.
If a sample cannot be obtained from the potential father, relatives of the potential father can be tested in his place. This may be the potential father's parents or siblings (i.e. a brother or sister). Samples from these relatives, along with samples from the mother and child are tested in order to determine paternity. Please call (03) 8418 8080 to discuss your case with a scientist, who will be happy to guide you through this process.
We offer our services throughout Australia. Simply order your paternity test online or call us to order over the phone.
To order or discuss our other tests and services please contact us.
If you are interested in ordering a test or service from overseas please call or email us.
We will mail you a mouth swab sampling kit which contains everything you need to collect your samples. The kit includes easy to follow instructions, swabs to take your samples, an application form, and of course a reply-paid envelope to return your swabs and form to us for testing.
Once we have received your mouth swab samples, DNA testing, analysis and reporting will generally take 5-9 business days. Unlike others, when your results are ready we won’t just send you a report but will also call you straight away to explain your results. This often means that you get your results sooner than you would from any other laboratory. Being based in Australia means that you will also get your written report sooner.
No worries, if you do not wish for a scientist to call you to explain your results, please tick the box on the application form to opt out of this service. (The application form will be sent to you with your test kit). You will of course still receive a full written report of your results.
We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and JCB credit cards. Payments can be made either by ordering through this website or by ordering over the phone.
Payments by direct transfer (EFT) are also accepted for both online orders and over the phone. To pay by direct transfer please deposit the payment into the following account:
ABTG Pty Ltd
Account Number: 0094893
Please contact us to discuss other payment methods if required.
It is recommended that you seek out professional counselling both prior to and after getting your paternity test. We suggest you contact Relationships Australia on 1300 364 277 to find a suitable counsellor in your area.
If your question isn’t covered here, or you would like to know more, please contact us.
Paternity Testing Australia
PO Box 596
Melbourne VIC 3088
(03) 8418 8080
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