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Adoption Information Unit, Department of Community Services

1300 799 023 (local call from within NSW and ACT)
02 9716 3005 (from other states)
+61 2 9716 3005 (from overseas)
  • Open Identifying Information

  • Open Non-identifying Information

  • Open Mandatory Interviews

    There are no mandatory interviews for applicants for adoption information in NSW.

  • Open Contact Vetoes

    Where an Adoption Order was made before 26 October 1990, parents and adult adopted persons are able to lodge a Contact Veto. The Veto only prevents the other party making contact, however, the veto does not prevent the release of identifying information. The information that is subject to a Contact Veto will only be released to an applicant if he/she signs a written legal undertaking to not use the information to seek contact. A person who wishes to lodge a Contact Veto must advise in writing in an application form approved by the Director General. The Advance Notice provision allows an adopted person who has reached the age of 17 years and 6 months, a parent or an adoptive parent to lodge a request to be given advance notice before personal information relating to them is given to another eligible person. The release of information is then delayed from 2 to 3 months. A person who wishes to lodge an Advanced Notice must inform the Adoption Information Unit in writing in a form approved by the Director General.

  • Open Reunion and Information Register

    Parties to an adoption and other parties can apply to register their name in the Reunion and Information Register. Their registration enables the Adoption Information Unit to identify when a ‘matched’ occurs with another person who has also registered in relation to the same adoption. Once Adoption Information Unit has located a match in the register, the parties may then choose to be put in contact with each other. The registered parties can also leave a message on the Register. A person who wishes to join the Reunion and Information Register must advise in writing in a form approved by the Director General

  • Open Fees

    Application fees for both adopted persons and parents are no longer applied as the NSW Government abolished the fees in 2012. For others, they need to pay the appropriate fees which are recorded on the relevant application forms.
    • A fee for Supply Authority application is $135.00
    • Reunion and Information Register Application fee is $65.00
    • Initial inheritance Rights application fee is $50.00
    • Concession fee is $35.00

    *Concession rate applies for pensioners, veteran affairs, holders of Heath Care Card and former wards of the state.

  • Open Legislation regarding access to records