Australia's peak law-enforcement technology agency CrimTrac is looking to upgrade its national automated fingerprint identification system (NAFIS) with a biometric identification system by 2017.
The agency has gone to tender to look for a biometric identification system that would have the potential to not only recognise fingerprints, but also palm prints, footprints, and facial images.
The current NAFIS only provides enforcement agencies with access to fingerprint data.
Minister for Justice and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Counter-Terrorism Michael Keenan said in a statement that the new system will be required to not only integrate with existing law-enforcement systems, but also be able to advance as CrimTrac's biometric capability expands.
"It is essential to have effective and efficient information-sharing systems to support law-enforcement agencies and the officers who protect our communities," he said.
Kennan added that ultimately, the new system will be used to allow police to undertake facial recognition of approximately 12 million existing images nationally held in police databases. He said the enhancement of the current system will assist in greater and faster collection of evidence.
The federal government allocated AU$700,000 to CrimTrac as part of this year's Budget for the development of the new system.
The closing date for tender submissions is August 6, with hopes to see the delivery of the new system commence in June 2016.