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Adoption Act 2000 No 75
Current version for 4 February 2019 to date (accessed 17 September 2019 at 19:22)
186 Unauthorised disclosure of information
(cf AI Act s 15)
(1) A person must not disclose any information relating to an adopted person, birth parent or adoptive parent obtained in connection with the administration or execution of this Act or the regulations, except:(a) with the consent of the person from whom the information was obtained, or(b) in connection with the administration or execution of this Act or the regulations, or(c) for the purposes of any legal proceedings arising out of this Act or the regulations, or of any report of any such proceedings, or(d) in accordance with a requirement imposed under the Ombudsman Act 1974, or(e) with other lawful excuse.(2) In any proceedings concerning Chapter 8 before any court or tribunal, the court or tribunal may make an order forbidding publication of all or any of the information mentioned in the proceedings relating to an adopted person, birth parent, adoptive parent, relative or other person.(3) A person must not publish information in breach of an order made under this section.Maximum penalty: 25 penalty units or imprisonment for 12 months, or both.