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 the Adoption Regulations 2008. The Commission's review of the Adoption Act was tabled in the Victorian Parliament on 7 June 2017.

Matters under review included:

  • 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.

Follow the links to read the chapters and other sections of the report.

You can also download the Adoption report as a pdf.

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