Australia

Last Updated: May 2014

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Hague Convention Information

Australia is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA) and its implementing regulations, as well as the relevant legislation and regulations of Australia.

Below is the limited adoption information that the Department has obtained from the adoption authority of Australia. U.S. citizens interested in adopting children from Australia should contact the Australian Government Attorney‑General’s Department, Marriage and Intercountry Adoption Branch, the Central Authority of Australia, to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Australia who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country should also contact Australia’s Central Authority. See contact information below.

Under the Hague Adoption Convention, Australia is a receiving country only and does not have an outgoing inter-country adoption program to place Australian children with families living outside of Australia.

For domestic and inter-country adoptions by prospective adoptive parents residing in Australia, each state and territory is responsible for assessing and approving adoption applications in accordance with its particular laws. Adoptions of Australian children by U.S. citizens residing outside Australia and/or who do not hold Australian citizenship or permanent residency are not permitted under state and territory law.

The information provided below is intended to assist US citizens who are dual Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents living in Australia, and wish to adopt an Australian child or participate in Australia’s inter-country adoption program.

Please visit the Department’s Country Specific Information for more information on travelling to Australia and the U.S. Mission in Australia's website for information on consular services.

Contact Information

U.S. Mission in Australia
U.S. Consulate General, Sydney
Level -10 MLC Centre,
19-29 Martin Place
Sydney, NSW 2000
Australia
Tel: 61 2 9373 9200
Email: sydneyacs@state.gov
Internet: http://sydney.usconsulate.gov
The U.S. also has consular representatives in Canberra, Melbourne, and Perth. Please note that Canberra does not provide consular services to the public.

Australia’s Adoption Authority

Australian Central Authority for Intercountry Adoption
Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department
Marriage and Intercountry Adoption Section
Robert Garran Offices
3-5 National Circuit
Barton  ACT  2600
Tel: 61 2 6141 3217
Email: intercountryadoption@ag.gov.au
Web: http://www.ag.gov.au/intercountryadoption

Australia’s state and territory central authorities:
http://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/IntercountryAdoption/Pages/Australianstateandterritorycentralauthorities.aspx

Embassy of Australia
The Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Avenue
NW Washington DC 20036
Tel: (202) 797-3000
Fax: (202) 797-3168
Web: http://www.usa.embassy.gov.au/whwh/home.html

Australia also maintains Consulates-General and Consulates in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Honolulu, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, N.W. (SA-17)
Washington, D.C. 20520
Tel:  1-888-407-4747
Email: AskCI@state.gov
Internet: adoption.state.gov

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about immigration procedures:
National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
Tel:  1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet: uscis.gov