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 be commenced in two stages. It is expected that the first stage will occur in early 2017 and will involve the commencement of those sections of the Act necessary to remove discrimination against same-sex couples from the Adoption Act.
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.