Adopting from Australia

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Notice: As of July 14, 2014, all individuals and agencies facilitating international adoptions must be in compliance with the Intercountry Universal Accreditation Act.

The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional legal advice. Always seek the advice of a licensed and qualified professional. While the content of this website is frequently updated, information changes rapidly and therefore, some information may be out of date, and/or contain inaccuracies, omissions or typographical errors.

About Australia

Prehistoric settlers arrived on the continent from Southeast Asia at least 40,000 years before the first Europeans began exploration in the 17th century. No formal territorial claims were made until 1770, when Capt. James COOK took possession of the east coast in the name of Great Britain (all of Australia was claimed as British territory in 1829 with the creation of the colony of Western Australia). Read more About Australia.

Australia Adoption Alert

There have been a few adoption alerts for Australia. To learn more please read the Australia Adoption Alert page.

Hague Convention Information

Australia is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Convention). Read more about Australia and the Hague Convention.

Who Can Adopt

Each State and Territory in Australia has its own legislation relating to domestic and intercountry adoption by residents of Australia. The legislation is generally referred to as the State's 'Adoption Act' and is supported by regulations which govern the process of adoption in that particular State or Territory. Read more about Who Can Adopt from Australia.

Who Can Be Adopted

Australia is party to the Hague Convention, but is a receiving country only and does not have an outgoing inter-country adoption program. Read more about Who Can Be Adopted from Australia.

How to Adopt

The Australian Central Authority for Inter-country Adoption is the Australian Government Attorney General's Department, Intercountry Adoption Branch. The Commonwealth Government, through the Attorney-General's Department, has responsibility for the establishment and overall management of Australia's intercountry adoption programs. Learn more about How to Adopt from Australia.

Traveling Abroad

Learn more about Traveling Abroad in Australia.

After Adoption


Contact Information

U.S. Mission in Australia

U.S. Consulate General, Sydney Level 59 MLC Centre, 19-29 Martin Place Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia Tel: 61 2 9373 9200 Email: Internet: U.S. Consulate General Sydney

The U.S. also has consular representatives in Canberra, Melbourne, and Perth.

Australian Central Authority for Intercountry Adoption

Australian Government Attorney-General's Department Intercountry Adoption Branch’’’ Robert Garran Offices 3-5 National Circuit Barton ACT 2600 Phone: 61 2 6141 3217 Email: Web: Australian Government Attorney General Department

Australia's State and Territory Adoption Central Authorities:

Australia State and Territory Adoption Central Authorities

Embassy of Australia

The Embassy of Australia 1601 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036 Tel: (202) 797-3000 Fax: (202) 797-3209 Web: Embassy of Australia

Australia also maintains Consulates General and Consulates in Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Honolulu, Los Angeles and San Francisco

Office of Children's Issues

U.S. Department of State CA/OCS/CI SA-17, 9th Floor Washington, DC 20522-1709 Tel: 1-888-407-4747 E-mail: U.S. Department of State


Intercountry Adoption, Bureau of Consular Affairs. U.S. Department of State Country Information