The Adoption of Children Ordinance 1965 marked a distinct turning point in adoption law, recognising that the paramount consideration for decisions made should be the welfare and interests of the child concerned. It commenced on 18 October 1966, repealing theAdoption of Children Ordinance 1938. This legislation was also significant because it reflected a view that the relationship between children and birth parents should not be maintained after adoption, leading to restrictions on information. It was repealed by the Adoption Act 1993 (ACT) on 31 July 1993. This ordinance became an ACT Act on 11 May 1989 (see Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 (Cwlth) s 34 (4).