Review of the Adoption Act 1984: Consultation Paper

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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.

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