People who have been adopted will have their own experience of adoption, which may change across their life. Many find it beneficial to seek the records that were created at the time of their adoption.

The information which may be available comes from the records held by the adoption agency and the records from the Court that made the adoption order.

The Victorian Adoption Act 1984 (External link) provides eligible applicants the right to find information about an adoption that is connected to Victoria.

Who can apply for adoption records

Information that can be provided

The following information may be available: 

  • records created by past adoption agencies and courts 
  • copies of the adopted persons original birth certificate or other documents. 

Adult adopted people and their adult children are eligible to receive information from records that will identify other natural family members, including natural parents.

Natural parents can also receive identifying information that includes a copy of the adult adopted persons adoption order and information from the records of adoption.

Other applicants are able to access information about the adoption but generally, information that identifies that adopted person can only be given with their consent.