Adoption Act 2000 No 75
Chapter 1 Preliminary
Introduction.This Chapter contains provisions that are helpful in understanding the Act as a whole. It also contains some machinery provisions.
1 Name of Act
This Act is the Adoption Act 2000.
This Act commences on a day or days to be appointed by proclamation.
Expressions used in this Act (or in a particular provision of this Act) that are defined in the Dictionary at the end of the Act have the meanings set out in the Dictionary.Note.Expressions used in this Act (or in a particular provision of this Act) that are defined in the Interpretation Act 1987 have the meanings set out in that Act.
4 Meaning of “Aboriginal” and “Torres Strait Islander”
(1) In this Act:Aboriginal has the same meaning as Aboriginal person has in the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983.Aboriginal child means a child descended from an Aboriginal and includes a child who is the subject of a determination under subsection (2).Torres Strait Islander means a person who:(a) is descended from a Torres Strait Islander, and(b) identifies as a Torres Strait Islander, and(c) is accepted as a Torres Strait Islander by a Torres Strait Islander community.Torres Strait Islander child means a child descended from a Torres Strait Islander and includes a child who is the subject of a determination under subsection (3).(2) Despite the definition of Aboriginal in subsection (1), the Court may determine that a child is an Aboriginal for the purposes of this Act if the Court is satisfied that the child is of Aboriginal descent.(3) Despite the definition of Torres Strait Islander in subsection (1), the Court may determine that a child is a Torres Strait Islander for the purposes of this Act if the Court is satisfied that the child is of Torres Strait Islander descent.
Introductions to Chapters and other notes in the text of this Act do not form part of this Act.Note.For the purpose of comparison, a number of provisions of this Act contain bracketed notes in headings, drawing attention (“cf”) to equivalent or comparable (though not necessarily identical) provisions of other laws. Abbreviations in the notes include:• AC Act: Adoption of Children Act 1965• AC Reg: Adoption of Children Regulation 1995• AI Act: Adoption Information Act 1990• AI Reg: Adoption Information Regulation 1996.