In December 2015, the Attorney-General asked the Commission to provide recommendations for adoption law reform, including modernising the Adoption Act 1984 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.
NB: 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 consultation paper explained the law and asked questions to guide public submissions.