Adoption Act 1994 (WA), 1994, courtesy of .
The Adoption Act 1994 (Act no. 1994/009) is fully titled 'An Act to make provision for the adoption of persons and for the parties to adoptions and their relatives to have access to information about the parties, to repeal the Adoption of Children Act 1896, and for related purposes.' It was passed on 15 April 1994, with Sections 1 and 2 commencing the same day, others on 1 January 1995. The Act completely changed the adoption landscape in Western Australia. The Adoption Act 1994 and its Regulations operated from 1 January 1995. This new Act repealed the original Adoption of Children Act, 1896 and its 98 years of amendments, Rules and Regulations. These years had seen adoption legislation and practices move through fairly open and unregulated beginnings to times when information about adoption was 'closed' and contact with families of origin was actively prevented. Under the Adoption Act 1994 and its subsequent amendments, a 'highly regulated framework' promotes 'open adoption'.