New forensic facility

The NSW Government has invested $91.5 million to create a world-class Forensic Medicine & Coroners Court Complex.

It is the largest facility of its kind in Australia and represents a significant leap forward for coronial investigations in NSW.  

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Over December and January, the building will be commissioned and staff will move in.  The first inquest will be held here in early February 2019.  

The extensive high-tech facilities will enable more comprehensive coronial investigations of sudden and unexplained deaths, including complex cases and disasters involving mass casualties.

The facility has been carefully designed to offer even greater respect and dignity for grieving families seeking answers. 

It also provides a more modern and spacious environment for  our staff who carry out these  vital services. 

Supporting our coronial service

Our priority is to ensure the deceased and their families receive the highest quality care and compassion - our coronial service is crucial to providing the answers that help families understand what has happened to their loved ones, and helps prevent future deaths.  

This state-of-the-art facility replaces the existing one at Glebe, which has been home to coronial and forensic medicine services for over 40 years and is no longer fit for purpose.

Designed to meet the evolving needs of our state’s growing and diverse communities, the facility will serve us far into the future.

It ensures we can make best use of our highly specialised experts as well as advancing science and technology.

Partners — including coronial and forensic medicine teams, as well as NSW Police will work even closer together to deliver answers in a more timely and respectful manner.  

This new facility marks an exciting new era in the way we search for the truth and helps cement our reputation as Australia’s leading forensic and coronial precinct. 

It will secure the recognition our experts have earned over many decades. 

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Design

The three-story building has been built on existing government property at Lidcombe, approximately 20km or 40 mins drive from central Sydney. It is double the size of the current building at Glebe and will bring employment opportunities and state-of-the-art government services to Western Sydney, providing a boost to the local economy.

The new complex will include four large courtrooms for coronial hearings and a vastly improved working environment for coronial and forensic medicine teams who help deliver answers about thousands of unexpected and unexplained deaths and disappearances each year.  

It features:

  • Additional advanced clinical equipment to help provide answers about the cause of death in the least invasive manner.
  • Spacious private areas for counselling and reflection including peaceful courtyards and a multi-faith room.
  • Multi-purpose rooms with giant high-definition monitors capable of screening inquests for the media and general public if a courtroom is full.
  • Audiovisual technology to enable witnesses to give evidence from remote locations.

The project is a joint initiative between NSW Health, NSW Health Pathology and the NSW Justice, with Health Infrastructure responsible for the capital works delivery.

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