Providing education and support to deliver better outcomes for children and families in permanent care and adoption

Government resources and references

Attorney General's Department

National Intercountry Adoption Advisory Groups The National Intercountry Adoption Advisory Group advises the Australian Government on intercountry adoption issues, and acts as a conduit between government and the intercountry adoption community in Australia. The membership of the group reflects the diverse nature of the intercountry adoption community. Members are drawn from a variety of backgrounds and provide valuable and constructive viewpoints on issues relevant to intercountry adoption policy and management. Attorney General's Department


Child Care

Child Care and family support Information on different types of child care and how to get assistance with the cost of child care.  This site also has links to other useful websites about children's health and wellbeing, parenting and family support services. 

Additional Child Care Subsidy (child wellbeing) - ACCS - is paid directly to childcare providers to be passed onto families as a fee reduction. The Factsheet produced by DHHS, outlines the required evidence to provide to your child care provider.  Please read “Information for permanent carers”, page 2 on the factsheet. 



Children’s Commissioners and Guardians

This resource sheet outlines the role and duties of child commissioners, and explains the differences between the various offices in each state and territory.


Department of Human Services

Summary and statistics on Intercountry Adoption to Victoria.  The see the full report, click on this link for more information

Intercountry Adoption information has been set up by the Department of Human Services to explain the background to intercountry adoption, the processes, and the frustrations, so that families interested in pursuing this path know exactly what is involved. 

To read more about the past and present statistics on adoption in Australia visit Australian Institute of Family Studies. 

Adoption Amendment Bill and Birth Certificates
On 1 July 2013 the Adoption Act was amended to enable the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to register the adoption of a child whose adoption was finalised in a Hague Convention country. This enables the issue of a Victorian birth certificate in respect of the child. For those adoptions finalised after 1 July 2013, the practice will be for DHS Intercountry Adoption Service to send the memorandum soon after the child arrives in Victoria.

Further information is available from DHS Intercountry Adoption Service visit  or phone: (03) 8608 5700



Past Adoption

Information regarding and the 2012 report of the Senate Committee into Commonwealth Contribution to Former Forced Adoption Policies and Practices

National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Practices 

Victorian Government to apologise for past forced adoption practices - press release


Protecting Victoria's Vulnerable Children Inquiry

Information regarding and the 2012 report of the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry 

Victorian Government’s 2012 directions paper and response to the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry, Victoria’s Vulnerable Children – Our Shared Responsibility

Commission for Children and Young People  


Services for Children, Families and Young Adults

Children Youth and Families Department of Human Services (DHS)

Family Relationships is a government funded service supporting carers who support people with a disability or severe medical condition, who are frail aged or are children who can’t live with their birth parents.



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