During the process
The application process to adopt a child from overseas can be long. It may include health, police and referee checks, as well as interviews with an adoption assessor.
Once approved, the length of time your approval is valid for depends on which state or territory you live.
Your state and territory central authority
Your state and territory central authority (STCA) will be your main contact throughout the adoption process. They will handle your adoption application and liaise with your chosen partner country on your behalf.
At this stage of the adoption process you might like to read: