Adoption Act

Project Status:

Tabled in parliament

Start Date:

18/12/2015

Tabled in Parliament Date:

27/06/2017

Reference

Although adoption rates in Victoria are low compared to former times, adoption law profoundly affects each person it touches. For an adopted child, the birth mother and the adopting parents the law can have lifelong consequences.

In December 2015, the Attorney-General asked the Commission to provide recommendations for modernising the Adoption Act 1984 and the Adoption Regulations 2008. Under the terms of reference, the Commission was asked to ensure the child’s best interests and rights while considering:

  • 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 inter-country adoption programs, nor to consider adoptions by same-sex couples or contact statements.

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

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Project Stage

  • Terms of reference received
  • Submissions and consultations
  • Submissions closed
  • Final Report
  • Tabled in parliament

Publications

Publication Date

07/06/2017

The Commission’s review of the Adoption Act was tabled in the Victorian Parliament on 7 June 2017. Ensuring children’s best interests and rights were the main considerations, the report considered: Eligibility to adopt and the application process Access to adoption information Birth certificates of adopted people. The Commission was not… Read More
Publication Date

The Commission received the following public submissions for its review of the Adoption Act. Read more
Publication Date

10/08/2016

This consultation paper, published in August 2016, provides information about the operation of adoption law in Victoria at the time and asks questions, inviting the public to respond. Ensuring that children’s best interests and rights are the main considerations, the Commission looked at Eligibility to adopt and the application process…
Publication Date

16/12/2015

At the time of its introduction, the Adoption Act 1984 represented a significant change in Victorian adoption policy. Read More