(cf AC Act s 41)(1) The Court may postpone the determination of any application to the Court for an order for the adoption of a child and make an interim order for parental responsibility for the child in favour of the prospective adoptive parent or parents.(2) On application to the Court by the Director-General or a principal officer, the Court may make an interim order for parental responsibility for the child in favour of the Director-General or principal officer.(3) An interim order is subject to such terms and conditions as the Court thinks fit.(4) The Court must not make an interim order in relation to a child in favour of any person unless the Court could lawfully make an order for the adoption of that child by that person.(5) While an interim order remains in force in relation to a child, the person or persons in whose favour the order is made have parental responsibility for the child.
(cf AC Act s 42)(1) Subject to this Part, an interim order remains in force for such period, not exceeding one year, as the Court specifies in the order and for such further periods, if any, as the Court may from time to time order.(2) An interim order must not be in force for periods exceeding in total 2 years.
(cf AC Act s 43)(1) The Court may, at any time, make an order discharging an interim order made under this Part.(2) If the Court discharges an interim order the Court may make any order concerning parental responsibility for the child that it thinks fit, including, if the child is less than 18 years of age, an order declaring the child to be under the parental responsibility of the Minister administering the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.(3) An interim order in relation to a child ceases to have effect on the making of an order for the adoption of that child, whether made in New South Wales or in another State or in a country outside Australia.