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 of the Adoption Act 1984 and the Adoption Regulations 2008. 

This consultation paper provides information about the operation of adoption law in Victoria, and asks questions inviting the public to respond.

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.

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