Review of the Adoption Act 1984: Report

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This VLRC report is about adoption law reform, in particular:

  • Eligibility to adopt and the application process
  • Access to adoption information
  • Birth certificates of adopted people.

The report does not cover adoption laws and practices that existed before the Adoption Act 1984; and it does not review the law regarding inter-country adoption programs.

The review was completed in February 2017 and tabled in Parliament on 7 June 2017. The Commission made 88 recommendations to modernise the Adoption Act and ensure that the best interests of the child are the paramount consideration. The main recommendation was that Victoria needs a new Adoption Act.

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