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Changes to the Adoption Act

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 will happen in two 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. 

It is expected that the proclamation of the remaining sections will occur in mid-2017 after new regulations have been drafted and also proclaimed. 

Further information will be made available as soon as the actual commencement date is known. 

You can read the full Adoption (Review) Amendment Act or the full review report and its recommendations