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 Adoption Act Review

Statutory review of the adoption act 1994


A statutory review of the Adoption Act 1994 (WA) (the Act) has been completed.  Section 146 of the Act sets out the requirements of the review which are to consider:

  • the implementation and administration of the Act;
  • the extent to which members of the public are aware of the effects of the Act
  • the effect of the Act on birth parents, adoptees and prospective adoptive parents and the relatives of parties to adoptions; and
  • such other matters as appear to the Minister to be relevant to the operation and effectiveness of the act.

The review was undertaken on behalf of the Minister for Child Protection, the Hon. Simone McGurk MLA, by the Department of Communities.

Public and stakeholder contributions to the review were invited and a reference group, comprising key stakeholders from government and the community services sector, supported the review of the Act, and considered all submissions made to the review.

The review has made 31 recommendations across a number of aspects of adoption including:

  • paramount considerations, guiding principles and best interests of the child
  • consent to adoption
  • dispensing with consent to adoption
  • adoption plans
  • representation of children in adoption processes
  • Adoption Application Committee
  • contact and mediation licenses
  • access to information, and
  • adoption of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.


The Minister tabled the report in Parliament on 21 November 2018.


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