Past Public Hearings

11 Sep 2018: Canberra, ACT
21 Aug 2018: Canberra, ACT
14 Aug 2018: Canberra, ACT


Inquiry Status

Submissions closed


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Breaking barriers: a national adoption framework for Australian children

On Monday, 26 November 2018, the Committee tabled its report – Breaking barriers: a national adoption framework for Australian children - Inquiry into local adoption.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2018 

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View the report as separate downloadable chapters/appendices:

Preliminary pages
Membership of the Committee, List of recommendations
(PDF 263KB)
Chapter 1: Introduction
(PDF 169KB)
Chapter 2: Legislative and policy framework
(PDF 452KB)
Chapter 3: Adoption as a viable option for children in out-of-home care (PDF 495KB)
Chapter 4: Policy and practice barriers to adoption (PDF 272KB)
Chapter 5: Evidence based decision making (PDF 289KB)
Dissenting Report (PDF 204KB)
Appendix A: List of Submissions (PDF 63KB)
Appendix B: List of Exhibits (PDF 90KB)
Appendix C: Committee statement (PDF 66KB)
Appendix D: List of public hearings (PDF 147KB)

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