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Intercountry adoption

We are responsible for making sure that Australia meets its obligations under the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.

Our department does not process adoption applications. This is the role of the state and territory central authorities. State and territory central authorities assess the eligibility and suitability of people wanting to adopt a child from overseas against criteria outlined in their own legislation. They also manage the adoption application process.

Australia has arrangements with a number of countries.

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Intercountry adoption reforms

Details of changes being made to Australia’s intercountry adoption system are available on our Intercountry adoption reforms page.

Meetings with Taiwan and South Korea adoption agencies

On 26 May 2014, representatives of the Australian Central Authority attended the Annual Taiwan Adoption Agents Meeting by teleconference. More information about this meeting can be found on the Taiwan page.

On 10 June 2014, representatives of the Australian Central Authority met with representatives of Eastern Social Welfare Society (ESWS) in Korea via video conference. More information about this meeting can be found on the South Korea page.

These meetings assist in maintaining good relations between Australia and our partner countries.

Country programs update

The Australian Central Authority has recently received advice about the number of Australian files that can be submitted to South Korea and Thailand in 2014. More information on Australia’s 2014 file assignments can be found on the South Korea and Thailand pages.