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12. When will I be able to access information

When will I be able to access information currently unavailable to me because of a veto?

Answer

Identifying information about parties to an adoption where there has been a veto may be available after the end of the 5 year transition period on 17 December 2022. The 5 year period starts on 18 December 2017. 

A veto in place at the start of the 5 year transition period will continue for the full 5 years of the transition period, unless it is revoked by the person who placed it. 

Access to the information may be restricted if the Department for Child Protection determines that it should not be released in certain circumstances. 

Following the commencement of the remaining provisions of the Amendment Act if an adopted person or birth parent dies while their veto is in place, the department will notify the other party to the adoption about the deceased person's identity and their death. In the case of the death of an adopted person, this includes notifying the birth siblings of the adopted person. It is anticipated that these changes will commence in mid 2018.