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In August 2020, the Adoption Legislation Amendment (Integrated Birth Certificates) Bill 2020 was introduced to NSW parliament. The Bill introduces Integrated Birth Certificates (IBCs) to NSW.

An IBC is a new form of birth certificate that includes information about an adopted person’s parents and siblings at birth, as well as their parents and siblings after adoption. DCJ view this change as a positive reflection of contemporary open adoption practice.

Given that the legislation is yet to be enacted, limited information about the changes is available at this time. Please refer to the Introducing Integrated Birth Certificates Fact Sheet, for further details.

Should you have any questions, you are encouraged to speak with a staff member at Adoption and Permanency Services, by contacting the Open Adoption Hotline on 1800 003 227, or you can submit an online enquiry here.

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Last updated: 15 Sep 2020