Contents (2000 - 75)
- Adoption Act 2000 No 75
- Status information
- Long title
- Chapter 1 Preliminary
- Chapter 2 Objects and adoption principles
- Chapter 3 Adoption service providers
Chapter 4 The adoption process
- Part 1 General
- Part 2 Placement of children for adoption
- Part 3 Selection of prospective adoptive parents other than authorised carers
- Part 3A Selection of authorised carers as adoptive parents
- Part 4 Adoption plans
- Part 5 Consents to adoptions
- Part 6 Parental responsibility for children awaiting adoption
- Part 7 Preliminary hearings
- Part 8 Interim orders
- Part 9 Adoption orders
- Part 10 Procedures after application dealt with
- Part 11 Effect of adoption orders
- Chapter 5 Recognition of adoptions
- Chapter 6 Proceedings
- Chapter 7 Records of adoptions
Chapter 8 Adoption information
- Part 1 Preliminary
- Part 2 Access to birth certificates and other information
- Part 3 Advance notice
- Part 4 Contact vetoes
- Part 5 Reunion and Information Register
- Part 6 Miscellaneous
- Chapter 9 Offences
- Chapter 10 Review of decisions
- Chapter 11 Miscellaneous
- Schedule 1 Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption
- Schedule 2 (Repealed)
- Schedule 3 Savings, transitional and other provisions
- Historical notes
Adoption Act 2000 No 75
Current version for 27 June 2017 to date (accessed 18 January 2018 at 12:34)
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.