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The dynamic data displays allow you to explore data on adoptions through customisable charts and tables. Use the links below to open dynamic data displays.

Overview of adoptions

Dynamic charts on trends in adoptions in Australia since 1998–99, by type of adoption, and age and sex of the child.

Intercountry adoption

Dynamic charts on intercountry adoptions in Australia since 1998–99, by country of origin, age and sex of the child. Additional charts on processing times for intercountry adoption since 2007–08, by country of origin and age of the child are also available.

Local adoption

Dynamic charts on local adoptions in Australia since 1998–99, by age and sex of the child. Additional charts on the contact and information exchange, the type of consent given for the adoption, and the marital status and age of the child’s mother are also available.

Known child adoption

Dynamic charts on known child adoptions in Australia since 1998–99, by relationship of carer, and age and sex of the child.

Supplementary tables (5MB XLS) 

Download Adoptions source data in Excel format.

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Adoptions Australia 2015–16

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Intercountry adoption in Australia

Intercountry adoptions refer to adoptions of children from countries other than Australia, who are legally able to be placed for adoption, but who generally have had no previous contact or relationship with the adoptive parent(s).

The diagram below presents a simplified overview of the intercountry adoption process in Australia.

Diagram: Overview of the intercountry adoption process in Australia

Overview of the intercountry adoption process in Australia  

Detailed information on Intercountry adoptions can be found in the AIHW Adoptions publications, on the state and territory websites found on the Adoptions links page, and on the Intercountry Adoption Australia website.

The Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department—the Central Authority for the Hague Convention in Australia—has primary responsibility for establishing and managing Australia’s intercountry adoption arrangements.

As at mid-2016, Australia had active intercountry adoption programs with 13 countries: Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, Latvia, the Philippines, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand.

Local adoption in Australia

The diagram below presents a simplified overview of the local adoption process in Australia.

Diagram: Overview of the local adoption process in Australia

Overview of the local adoption process in Australia

Detailed information on local adoptions can be found in the AIHW Adoptions publications and on the state and territory websites found on the Adoptions links page.

Each state and territory has its own legislation that governs local adoption practices. The relevant state or territory authority for adoption works to ensure that local adoption practices follow the regulations set out by their jurisdiction.

Known child adoption in Australia

Known child adoptions refer to adoptions of children who were born or permanently residing in Australia before the adoption, who have a pre-existing relationship with the adoptive parent(s) and who are generally not able to be adopted by anyone other than the adoptive parent(s). Known child adoptions include adoptions by step-parents, other relatives and carers.

The diagrams below presents a simplified overview of the known child adoption processes in Australia.

Diagram: Overview of the known child adoption processes in Australia

Step-parent and relative adoptions

Overview of the known child adoption processes in Australia Step-parent and relative adoptions

Carer adoptions

Overview of the known child adoption processes in Australia Carer adoptions

Detailed information on known child adoptions can be found in the AIHW Adoptions publications and on the state and territory websites found on the Adoptions links page.

Known child adoptions are administered and/or recorded by the department responsible for adoption in each state and territory. The majority of known child adoptions are by step-parents wishing to incorporate children into a newly formed family, or by long-term carers, such as foster parents.