Legislation, regulations and rules

In Victoria, adoption is governed by the:

Adoption Act 1984 (Vic) (“Adoption Act”);

Adoption Regulations 2008 (Vic) (“Adoption Regulations”);

Adoption (Intercountry Fees) Regulations 2012 (Vic); and

Supreme Court (Adoption) Rules 2015 (Vic) (“Adoption Rules”) – chapter IV: Rules of the Supreme Court.

Note that the Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) has conducted an inquiry into the modernisation of the Adoption Act. The final report was tabled in the Victorian Parliament in June 2017. For more information, including the terms of reference, consultation paper and report, see the VLRC’s website (www.lawreform.vic.gov.au/all-projects/adoption-act).