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Adoption Act 2000 No 75
Current version for 27 June 2017 to date (accessed 22 September 2017 at 03:39)
137   Access to adoption information by relatives and others after death of adopted person or birth parent
(cf AI Act s 9)
(1)  The Secretary may:
(a)  supply (or authorise an information source to supply) to a relative or spouse of a deceased adopted person or of a deceased birth parent, or to another person, the original or amended birth certificate or adopted person’s birth record of the adopted person or birth parent, or
(b)  supply to a relative or spouse of a deceased adopted person or of a deceased birth parent, or to another person, prescribed information relating to the adopted person or birth parent, or
(c)  after such consultation with the Registrar or other information source concerned as the Secretary considers necessary, authorise the Registrar or other information source to supply such a birth certificate or record or such information to a person nominated by the Secretary.
(2)  The Secretary must not supply adoption information to a person other than a relative or spouse (or authorise such action to be taken by an information source) unless the person had a close personal relationship with the deceased person.
(3)  The Secretary must not supply adoption information to any person (or authorise such action to be taken by an information source) unless the Secretary has taken into account any likely detriment to the welfare and best interests of any adopted person, birth parent, relative or spouse of the deceased person or the other person if the adoption information is supplied.
(4)  An information source so authorised by the Secretary to supply adoption information must supply that adoption information to the person nominated by the Secretary.
(5)  This section does not apply to prescribed information held by the Court.
(5A)  This section does not limit the entitlements of a non-adopted sibling of an adopted person under Division 1.
(6)    (Repealed)