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April 2019

Reactivation of the India-Australia intercountry adoption program

Australia is reactivating the India-Australia intercountry adoption program using a careful, staged approach.

During the initial stage of the reactivation, two jurisdictions – Queensland and Northern Territory (NT) – will be assessing a small number of people and forwarding files of suitable applicants to the Indian adoption authority for consideration and action.

The remaining state and territory governments will monitor processes and be guided by key learnings before determining their future involvement.

A staged approach will allow all Australian governments to closely monitor the initial cases and build our understanding of the new safeguards and standards introduced in India’s revised intercountry adoption program. This approach will help the reactivated program to operate as smoothly as possible.

Interested parties living in Queensland and NT can contact their central authority for further information or to express their interest in the India program:

  • The Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women can be contacted by phoning either 07 3097 5100 or 1800 647 983 (Queensland only) or by emailing
  • The NT Territory Families Adoption Unit by phoning 08 8922 5519 or by emailing

August 2018

Reactivation of the India-Australia intercountry adoption program

At this stage, it is not yet possible to send adoption applications to India. More information will be available soon.

The Assistant Minister for Children and Families, the Hon Dr David Gillespie MP, committed to writing to State and Territory Ministers to advise of his decision to reactivate the India‑Australia intercountry adoption program on a small scale.

Any reactivated program will be introduced carefully and slowly, so that Australian authorities can closely monitor the program and ensure that safeguards are operating effectively.

It is the decision of individual Australian states and territories whether to facilitate adoptions from a particular country, and states and territories need time to consider their level of involvement in a reactivated program.

June 2016

Changes to evidence of citizenship for Australian passports

The Australian Passport Office has changed procedures for confirming Australian citizenship of people born overseas and applying for an Australian passport with an Australian birth certificate. These changes may affect adoptees, even those who have previously held an Australian passport. More information can be found by visiting Changes to evidence of citizenship for Australian passports.

May 2016

New intercountry adoption program with Bulgaria

The Attorney-General and the Minister for Social Services have announced a new intercountry adoption program with Bulgaria.

November 2015

New Country Programs

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Attorney-General George Brandis and Minister for Social Services Christian Porter have today announced the opening of new intercountry adoption programs with Poland and Latvia.

Family and Relationships Services

The Australian Government is committed to providing better support to families and children going through the intercountry adoption process. We are providing up to $3.5 million over four years for family support services to help people through the intercountry adoption process and help to prepare them for the unique challenges of adopting a child from another country.

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