Australian Adoption Process

Adoptions in Australia are managed by State Welfare departments also known as State Central Authorities.

Criteria, policies and legislation vary in each state.

Please contact your state welfare authority for information about the process in your state of residence. Click here for contact details of Central Authorities.

Additional information can be found on the Federal Central Authority website. Click here


If you would like to adopt locally, the state welfare department can advise on that process as well.


In NSW, VIC and TAS there are also accredited agencies processing local adoptions.

The above only applies to applicants residing in Australia.