• Archival Series

Case Files of the Child Welfare Division

To access these records

Please contact Adoptions and Permanency Services:

Postal Address: PO Box 538, Hobart TAS 7001

Phone: (03) 6166 0422

Aftercare Support Program Phone: 1300 654 583

Adoptions and Permanency Services Email: adoption.services@communities.tas.gov.au

After Care Support Program Email: aftercaresupport@communities.tas.gov.au

Website: https://www.decyp.tas.gov.au/children/adoptions-and-permanency-services/

Reference Number

Quote this number to access your records: Tasmanian Archives Series Number, SWD66

Records Location

These records are held by Tasmanian Archives (2011 - current).


The Case Files of the Child Welfare Division contain personal information about children who came under the auspices of the Child Welfare Division of the Social Services Department and its successors between 1939 and 1972.

Access Conditions

Closed D75 years

D75 means these records are closed to the general public for 75 years from the date of the last entry in them. People wishing to access these records should contact Adoptions and Permanency Services After Care Support Program, which is run by the Department of Communities Tasmania. Applicants will be required to fill out a Personal Information Protection (PIP) form. How access is provided once permission is granted will depend on the file. Usually Adoption and Permanency Services request it back and then provide access or copies. Staff at the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office may be able to assist you in finding other relevant records.


The files include state wide case files, including welfare officers’ reports, records of court appearances, and other correspondence. They also include some child migration files.

The Tasmanian Archives also hold an index (Series SWD61) to these case files to assist with identification of records relating to an individual.

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