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International relations

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Extradition
​We administer the Extradition Act. Our extradition relationships with partner countries help to combat crime. The Act sets out a number of requirements that must be met before Australia can make or accept an extradition request.

Intercountry adoption
​We work with the states and territories to manage overseas adoption arrangements.

International law
​We provide legal and policy advice to the government on the development of public international law and its implementation.

International legal assistance
​We deliver aid that improves governance, security, justice, and promotes the rule of law within our partner countries.

International parental child abduction
​Find out how to make applications for the return of a child or access to a child under the Hague Child Abduction Convention or Australia's bilateral agreements with Egypt and Lebanon.

International pro bono lawyers
We provide resources to assist legal professionals who are considering doing international pro bono legal work.

International transfer of prisoners
​This scheme allows people imprisoned in a foreign country to apply to serve the balance of their sentence in their own country.

Mutual assistance
​We seek and provide government-to-government assistance in cri minal matters with other countries.

Private international law
​We are the Central Authority for the Hague Convention to transmit documents for service between two countries party to the convention. We are also involved in projects to develop principles and rules to resolve private international law issues.