The 1984 Adoption Act (No. 10150) was a significant shift in adoption policy in Victoria. The Adoption Act 1984 focused on the needs of adopted children, and enshrined a child's right to access information about his or her family of origin. The Hon. Pauline Toner (who died in 1989) was an important figure in the introduction of this legislation to the Victorian Parliament.
The Adoption Act 1984 provided for the creation of an Adoption Information Service in Victoria.
1929 - 1959 Adoption of Children Act 1928
1959 - 1966 Adoption of Children Act 1958
1966 - 1987 Adoption of Children Act 1964
1981 - 1987 Adoption of Children (Information) Act 1980
1985 - Adoption Act 1984
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Victoria: Legislation', in To remove and protect: laws that changed Aboriginal lives, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, 2008, https://aiatsis.gov.au/collection/featured-collections/remove-and-protect; Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Victoria Legislation', 13 December 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 9 September 2009, Last modified: 22 December 2015