In December 2016, the Adoption (Review) Amendment Act 2016 was passed in the South Australian Parliament. This means that some significant changes have been made to adoption law in South Australia.
The Amendment Act came about following the recommendations of an independent review of the Adoption Act conducted during 2014-15.
The changes to be implemented by the Amendment Act is happening in stages.
The first occurred 17 February 2017 when amendments to the Act came into law removing discrimination against same-sex couples from the Adoption Act. This means that since 17 February 2017, same-sex couples can apply to adopt a child.
The next stage of amendments commenced on 18 December 2017. The remaining amendments are expected to come into law in mid-2018.
Regulations are being drafted to support the amendments that will commence in 2018.