Adoption Act

Background

In December 2015 the Attorney-General asked the Commission to provide recommendations to government on the modernisation of the Adoption Act 1984 and the Adoption Regulations 2008. View the terms of reference.

Matters under review include:

  • Ensuring children’s best interests and rights are the main considerations
  • Eligibility to adopt and the application process
  • Access to adoption information 
  • Birth certificates of adopted people.

The Commission is not examining adoption laws and practices that existed before the Adoption Act 1984; not reviewing the law regarding intercountry adoption programs, nor considering adoptions by same-sex couples or contact statements.

The Commission’s final report and recommendations will be delivered to the Attorney-General by 28 February 2017. The report will be published after it has been tabled in Parliament.

 

Submissions

Submissions have now closed.

 

Timeline

Current: Submission

Full timeline:

Reference
Consultation
Submissions
Final report
Tabled in parliament
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Project Publications

Adoption Act: Submissions received

The Commission received the following submissions to its review of the Adoption Act. See the links below to the public submissions, placed here by...

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Adoption Act: Consultation Paper (pdf)

Submissions have now closed. In December 2015 the Attorney-General asked the Commission to provide recommendations to government on the modernisation...

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Adoption Act: Consultation Paper (html)

Submissions have now closed. In December 2015 the Attorney-General asked the Commission to provide recommendations to government on the modernisation...

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Adoption Act: Terms of Reference

At the time of its introduction, the Adoption Act 1984 represented a significant change in Victorian adoption policy.  The government recognises that...

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