Adoption Act 2000 No 75
Division 4 Revocation of consent
73 Revocation of consent
(cf AC Act s 28)
(1) Revocation by child A child who has consented to his or her adoption may revoke his or her consent by notice in writing given to the nominated officer at any time before the adoption order is made.(2) Revocation by person other than child A person other than a child who has consented to a child’s adoption may revoke his or her consent by notice in writing given to the nominated officer before the end of the period of 30 days beginning on the day on which the instrument of consent to the adoption was signed (the revocation period).Note.Nominated officer is defined in the Dictionary.(3) Consent cannot be revoked under subsection (2) after the end of the revocation period.(4) As soon as practicable after receiving a notice under this section, the nominated officer is to give notice of the revocation:(a) to the Secretary, and(b) if it appears to the nominated officer that the consent concerned was given to a principal officer—to the principal officer, and(c) if an application has been made to the Court for the adoption of the child by the mother, the father or a relative of the child (whether alone or jointly with another person)—to the applicant or applicants.(5) If the Secretary ceases to have parental responsibility for a child under section 79 (1) (d), any consent to the adoption of the child given for the purposes of this Act is taken to be revoked.(6) If the Secretary ceases to have parental responsibility for a child under section 79 (1) (d), the Secretary is to give notice to:(a) the nominated officer, and(b) if the consent was given to a principal officer—the principal officer.
74 Notification of pending end of revocation period
(1) The Secretary (or, if the consent was given to a principal officer, the principal officer) must give notice to each person (other than the child) who consented to an adoption before the end of the revocation period that on the end of the revocation period the consent cannot be revoked and that an adoption order may be made.(2) The notice is to be given not less than 7 days before the revocation period ends.Note.See section 73 (2).