Adoption Act

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. 

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 was not asked to examine adoption laws and practices that existed before the Adoption Act 1984; nor to review the law regarding intercountry adoption programs, nor to consider adoptions by same-sex couples or contact statements.

The Commission’s final report was tabled in Parliament on 7 June 2017 and can be downloaded from the link below, under Project Publications.

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Current: Table in parliament

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Project Publications

Review of the Adoption Act 1984: Report

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

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Review of the Adoption Act 1984: Report (html)

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

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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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