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Adoption Regulation 2003 review

FACS recently sought comment on the Regulatory Impact Statement and proposed draft Adoption Regulation 2015 (PDF 850KB) which will replace the Adoption Regulation 2003.

The consultation period has now closed. We are reviewing all the content received and will provide an update shortly.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment.

Draft Adoption Regulation 2015

The Adoption Regulation 2003 will automatically lapse on 1 September 2015 under the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989. If no new regulation is made to take its place, the Adoption Act will continue without any accompanying regulation which is likely to negatively impact the efficient and effective operation of adoption law.

We feel there is a continued need for regulation to provide procedures and detail to support the operation of the Adoption Act 2000, such as in relation to the accreditation of adoption service providers, selecting prospective adoptive parents and certain people’s rights in accessing adoption information.

The proposed draft Adoption Regulation 2015 largely mirrors the existing regulation, with some changes that:

  • improve accountability and transparency
  • make adoption practice consistent with anti-discrimination laws
  • strengthen informed consent procedures
  • improve adoption record-keeping requirements and access to adoption records.

Resources

Regulatory Impact Statement and proposed draft Adoption Regulation 2015 (PDF 850KB)

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