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01 March 2010 01 March 2010 2009 No 29
01 January 2010 01 January 2010 2008 No 103
17 July 2009 17 July 2009 2009 No 56
06 July 2009 06 July 2009 2007 No 94
01 July 2009 01 July 2009 2009 No 49
01 January 2009 01 January 2009 2008 No 103
01 March 2008 01 March 2008 2006 No 80
04 December 2006 04 December 2006 2006 No 112
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27 November 2003 27 November 2003 2003 No 82
22 July 2003 22 July 2003 2003 No 40
07 July 2003 07 July 2003 2001 No 121
01 December 2002 01 December 2002 2002 No 42
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14 December 2001 14 December 2001 2001 No 112
09 November 2000 09 November 2000

Adoption Act 2000 No 75

Assented to 09.11.2000.

Date of commencement, secs 12–15, 18 and 19 (1) and cl 3 of Sch 3 excepted, 1.2.2003, sec 2 and GG No 33 of 31.1.2003, p 591.

Date of commencement of secs 12–15, 18 and 19 (1) and cl 3 of Sch 3, 1.7.2005, sec 2 and GG No 81 of 1.7.2005, p 3308.

Families, Communities and Disability Services Miscellaneous Amendment Act 2021 No 16

Assented to 23.06.2021.

Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.

Adoption Legislation Amendment (Integrated Birth Certificates) Act 2020 No 22

Assented to 28.09.2020.

Date of commencement, 16.11.2020, sec 2 and 2020 (650) LW 6.11.2020.

Children’s Guardian Act 2019 No 25

Assented to 04.12.2019.

Date of commencement of Sch 5.1, 1.3.2020, sec 2(1).

Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment Act 2018 No 81

Assented to 28.11.2018.

Date of commencement, 4.2.2019, sec 2 and 2019 (3) LW 18.1.2019.

Miscellaneous Acts Amendment (Marriages) Act 2018 No 28

Assented to 15.06.2018.

Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.

Electronic Transactions Legislation Amendment (Government Transactions) Act 2017 No 25

Assented to 27.06.2017.

Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.

Adoption Amendment (Institute of Open Adoption Studies) Act 2016 No 43

Assented to 21.09.2016.

Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2015 No 58

Assented to 24.11.2015.

Date of commencement of Sch 3, 15.1.2016, sec 2 (3).

Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2015 No 29

Assented to 28.09.2015.

Date of commencement of Sch 1, 2.11.2015, sec 2 and 2015 (619) LW 15.10.2015.

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2015 No 15

Assented to 29.06.2015.

Date of commencement of Sch 2, 8.7.2015, sec 2 (1).

Child Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2014 No 8

Assented to 01.04.2014.

Date of commencement, 29.10.2014, sec 2 and 2014 (322) LW 6.6.2014.

Civil and Administrative Legislation (Repeal and Amendment) Act 2013 No 95

Assented to 20.11.2013.

Date of commencement, 1.1.2014, sec 2.

Adoption Legislation Amendment (Overseas Adoption) Act 2013 No 79

Assented to 29.10.2013.

Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2013 No 47

Assented to 25.06.2013.

Date of commencement of Sch 2.1, 5.7.2013, sec 2 (1).

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2011 No 27

Assented to 27.06.2011.

Date of commencement of Sch 1.1, 8.7.2011, sec 2 (2).

Health Services Amendment (Local Health Districts and Boards) Act 2011 No 4

Assented to 16.05.2011.

Date of commencement, 1.7.2011, sec 2 and 2011 (313) LW 1.7.2011.

Courts and Crimes Legislation Further Amendment Act 2010 No 135

Assented to 07.12.2010.

Date of commencement of Sch 2, assent, sec 2 (1).

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2010 No 119

Assented to 29.11.2010.

Date of commencement of Sch 1.1, assent, Sch 1.1.

Health Services Amendment (Local Health Networks) Act 2010 No 97

Assented to 16.11.2010.

Date of commencement of Sch 2, 1.1.2011, sec 2 (1) and 2010 (716) LW 17.12.2010.

Adoption Amendment (Same Sex Couples) Act 2010 No 66

Assented to 15.09.2010.

Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2010 No 59

Assented to 28.06.2010.

Date of commencement of Schs 1.2 and 2.1, 9.7.2010, sec 2 (2).

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 No 56

Assented to 01.07.2009.

Date of commencement of Sch 1.1, 17.7.2009, sec 2 (2).

NSW Trustee and Guardian Act 2009 No 49

Assented to 26.06.2009.

Date of commencement, 1.7.2009, sec 2 and 2009 (305) LW 1.7.2009.

Succession Amendment (Intestacy) Act 2009 No 29

Assented to 09.06.2009.

Date of commencement, 1.3.2010, sec 2 and 2010 (55) LW 26.2.2010.

Adoption Amendment Act 2008 No 103

Assented to 04.12.2008.

Date of commencement of Sch 1 [1]–[21] and [32]–[34], 1.1.2009, sec 2 and GG No 158 of 19.12.2008, p 12301.

Date of commencement of Sch 1 [22]–[31], 1.1.2010, sec 2 and 2009 (609) LW 18.12.2009.

Amending legislation

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 No 56

Assented to 01.07.2009.

Date of commencement of Sch 1.2, 17.7.2009, sec 2 (2).

Miscellaneous Acts (Local Court) Amendment Act 2007 No 94

Assented to 13.12.2007.

Date of commencement of Sch 2, 6.7.2009, sec 2 and 2009 (314) LW 3.7.2009.

Private Health Facilities Act 2007 No 9

Assented to 15.06.2007.

Date of commencement, 1.3.2010, sec 2 and 2010 (53) LW 26.2.2010.

Adoption Amendment Act 2006 No 112

Assented to 04.12.2006.

Date of commencement, assent, sec 2.

Succession Act 2006 No 80

Assented to 27.10.2006.

Date of commencement, 1.3.2008, sec 2 and GG No 16 of 15.2.2008, p 707.

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2005 No 98

Assented to 24.11.2005.

Date of commencement of Sch 3, assent, sec 2 (2).

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2004 No 91

Assented to 10.12.2004.

Date of commencement of Sch 2.1, assent, sec 2 (2).

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2003 No 82

Assented to 27.11.2003.

Date of commencement of Sch 3, assent, sec 2 (1).

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2003 No 40

Assented to 22.07.2003.

Date of commencement of Sch 2.1, assent, sec 2 (2).

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2002 No 112

Assented to 29.11.2002.

Date of commencement of Sch 1.1, assent, sec 2 (3).

Miscellaneous Acts Amendment (Relationships) Act 2002 No 73

Assented to 01.10.2002.

Date of commencement, 1.11.2002, sec 2 and GG No 201 of 1.11.2002, p 9302.

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2002 No 53

Assented to 04.07.2002.

Date of commencement of Sch 2.2, assent, sec 2 (2).

Community Services Legislation Amendment Act 2002 No 42

Assented to 03.07.2002.

Date of commencement, 1.12.2002, sec 2 and GG No 237 of 29.11.2002, p 10061.

Justices Legislation Repeal and Amendment Act 2001 No 121

Assented to 19.12.2001.

Date of commencement of Sch 2, 7.7.2003, sec 2 and GG No 104 of 27.6.2003, p 5978.

Aboriginal Land Rights Amendment Act 2001 No 118

Assented to 19.12.2001.

Date of commencement, 25.10.2002, sec 2 and GG No 189 of 25.10.2002, p 9059.

Statute Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (No 2) 2001 No 112

Assented to 14.12.2001.

Date of commencement of Sch 1.2, assent, sec 2 (2).

Sec 4

Am 2001 No 118, Sch 2.1.

Sec 8

Am 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [1] [2].

Chapter 3, Note

Am 2019 No 25, Sch 5.1[1] [2].

Sec 10

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [1] [2]; 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [1] [2].

Sec 11

Am 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [3] [4]; 2019 No 25, Sch 5.1[3].

Chapter 3, Part 2

Subst 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [5]. Rep 2019 No 25, Sch 5.1[4].

Sec 12

Subst 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [5]. Rep 2019 No 25, Sch 5.1[4].

Sec 13

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 1 [1] [2]. Subst 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [5]. Rep 2019 No 25, Sch 5.1[4].

Chapter 3, Part 3

Ins 2015 No 29, Sch 1 [2].

Sec 14

Rep 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [5]. Ins 2015 No 29, Sch 1 [2].

Sec 15

Am 2002 No 112, Sch 1.1 [3] [4]. Rep 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [5].

Sec 16

Am 2002 No 112, Sch 1.1 [3]. Rep 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [5].

Sec 17

Am 2002 No 112, Sch 1.1 [3] [5]. Rep 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [5].

Secs 18, 19

Rep 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [5].

Sec 20

Am 2002 No 112, Sch 1.1 [3] [4]. Rep 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [5].

Sec 21

Am 2002 No 112, Sch 1.1 [3]. Rep 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [5].

Sec 23

Am 2010 No 66, Sch 1 [1].

Sec 24

Am 2006 No 112, Schs 1 [3] [4], 2 [3]; 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [3] [4].

Sec 26

Am 2015 No 15, Sch 2.1.

Sec 28

Am 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [5].

Sec 29

Am 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [6].

Sec 30

Am 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [7] [8].

Sec 33

Am 2002 No 112, Sch 1.1 [6]; 2004 No 91, Sch 2.1; 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [9].

Sec 37

Am 2002 No 112, Sch 1.1 [7]; 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [10].

Chapter 4, Part 3, heading

Am 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [6].

Sec 41

Subst 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [7].

Sec 41A

Ins 2015 No 29, Sch 1 [3].

Sec 43

Am 2002 No 112, Sch 1.1 [3].

Sec 45

Am 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [8]; 2015 No 29, Sch 1 [4].

Sec 45A

Ins 2010 No 66, Sch 1 [2].

Secs 45AA, 45AB

Ins 2015 No 29, Sch 1 [5].

Sec 45B

Ins 2010 No 66, Sch 1 [2].

Chapter 4, Part 3A

Ins 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [9].

Sec 45C

Ins 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [9].

Sec 45CA

Ins 2015 No 29, Sch 1 [6].

Sec 45D

Ins 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [9]. Subst 2015 No 29, Sch 1 [7].

Secs 45E–45G

Ins 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [9].

Secs 45GA, 45GB

Ins 2015 No 29, Sch 1 [8].

Sec 45H

Ins 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [9].

Sec 46

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 1 [5]; 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [11]; 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [10].

Sec 49

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [4].

Sec 52

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [5] [6].

Sec 53

Am 2001 No 112, Sch 1.2; 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [7] [8].

Sec 54

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [9] [10]; 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [12]; 2009 No 56, Sch 1.1 [1] [2]; 2010 No 59, Sch 2.1.

Sec 55

Am 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [13].

Sec 56

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [11].

Sec 59

Am 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [14].

Sec 60

Am 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [15].

Sec 63

Am 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [16].

Sec 64

Am 2002 No 112, Sch 1.1 [8]–[10].

Sec 65

Am 2002 No 112, Sch 1.1 [11]–[13].

Sec 67

Am 2006 No 112, Schs 1 [6], 2 [12] [13]; 2018 No 81, Sch 2 [1]–[3].

Secs 68, 72

Am 2018 No 28, Sch 2.1 [3].

Sec 73

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [14]; 2018 No 28, Sch 2.1 [3].

Chapter 4, Part 6, heading

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [15].

Chapter 4, Part 6, note

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [16]–[18]; 2016 No 43, Sch 1 [1].

Sec 75

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [19]–[28]; 2015 No 58, Sch 3.2.

Sec 76

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [29]–[33].

Sec 77

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [34] [35].

Sec 78

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [36]–[40].

Sec 79

Am 2006 No 112, Schs 1 [7] [8], 2 [41]–[45].

Secs 79A, 79B

Ins 2006 No 112, Sch 1 [9].

Sec 87

Am 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [17] [18].

Sec 91

Subst 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [19]. Am 2010 No 119, Sch 1.1 [1] [2]; 2011 No 27, Sch 1.1 [1]–[5]; 2016 No 43, Sch 1 [2] [3]; 2019 No 25, Sch 5.1[5].

Sec 92

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [46].

Sec 93

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [47].

Sec 95

Am 2009 No 29, Sch 2.1 [1].

Sec 96

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [48].

Sec 97

Am 2009 No 29, Sch 2.1 [2].

Sec 99

Am 2006 No 80, Sch 3.2 [1]; 2009 No 29, Sch 2.1 [3].

Sec 100

Am 2006 No 80, Sch 3.2 [2].

Sec 101

Am 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [20] [21].

Sec 119

Am 2005 No 98, Sch 3.2 [1].

Sec 122

Am 2005 No 98, Sch 3.2 [2]–[4].

Sec 123

Am 2005 No 98, Sch 3.2 [3] [4].

Sec 124

Am 2005 No 98, Sch 3.2 [2]–[5].

Sec 124A

Ins 2010 No 135, Sch 2. Am 2013 No 47, Sch 2.1 [1]; 2015 No 29, Sch 1 [9]; 2019 No 25, Sch 5.1[6].

Sec 130A

Ins 2013 No 79, Sch 1 [1].

Sec 133A

Ins 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [22]. Am 2020 No 22, Sch 1[1].

Secs, 133AA, 133AB

Ins 2021 No 16, Sch 1[1].

Chapter 8, Part 2, Div 1

Ins 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [23].

Sec 133B

Ins 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [23].

Sec 133C

Ins 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [23] (am 2009 No 56, Sch 1.2 [1]). Am 2020 No 22, Sch 1[2] [3].

Sec 133D

Ins 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [23]. Am 2020 No 22, Sch 1[4].

Sec 133E

Ins 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [23]. Am 2020 No 22, Sch 1[5].

Sec 133F

Ins 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [23]. Am 2020 No 22, Sch 1[6].

Sec 133G

Ins 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [23].

Chapter 8, Part 2, Div 2, heading

Ins 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [24].

Sec 133H

Ins 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [24].

Sec 134

Am 2020 No 22, Sch 1[7]–[9].

Sec 135

Am 2020 No 22, Sch 1[10] [11].

Sec 136

Am 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [25] [26]; 2020 No 22, Sch 1[12] [13].

Sec 136A

Ins 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [27] (am 2009 No 56, Sch 1.2 [2]). Am 2015 No 58, Sch 3.2.

Chapter 8, Part 2, Div 3, heading

Ins 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [28].

Sec 137

Am 2002 No 73, Sch 1.1 [1]–[3]; 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [29]; 2010 No 66, Sch 1 [3]; 2020 No 22, Sch 1[14].

Sec 138

Am 2020 No 22, Sch 1[15].

Sec 140

Am 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [30].

Sec 141

Rep 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [31].

Sec 143A

Ins 2006 No 112, Sch 1 [10].

Sec 145

Am 2020 No 22, Sch 1[16].

Sec 159

Am 2020 No 22, Sch 1[17].

Sec 162

Am 2013 No 95, Sch 5.1 [1].

Sec 164

Am 2013 No 95, Sch 5.1 [2]; 2020 No 22, Sch 1[18].

Sec 175A

Ins 2016 No 43, Sch 1 [4].

Sec 176

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [49].

Sec 180

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [50]. Subst 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [32].

Sec 180A

Ins 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [32].

Sec 184

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [51] [52].

Sec 185

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [53].

Sec 186

Am 2010 No 59, Sch 1.2 [1] [2].

Sec 188

Am 2020 No 22, Sch 1[19].

Chapter 10, note

Am 2013 No 95, Sch 2.2 [1].

Sec 189

Am 2003 No 40, Sch 2.1; 2013 No 95, Sch 2.2 [2].

Sec 190

Am 2013 No 95, Sch 2.2 [3].

Sec 192

Am 2013 No 95, Sch 2.2 [4] [5].

Sec 193

Am 2002 No 42, Sch 4.1; 2002 No 112, Sch 1.1 [3]; 2013 No 95, Sch 2.2 [6]; 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [11].

Sec 194

Am 2021 No 16, Sch 1[2].

Secs 195, 196

Subst 2002 No 112, Sch 1.1 [14].

Sec 197

Am 2017 No 25, Sch 1.1.

Sec 199

Am 2013 No 95, Sch 5.1 [3]; 2020 No 22, Sch 1[20].

Sec 202

Am 2009 No 49, Sch 2.2.

Sec 202A

Ins 2006 No 112, Sch 1 [11].

Sec 204

Am 2001 No 121, Sch 2.5 [1]–[3]; 2007 No 94, Sch 2.

Sec 208

Am 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [12] [13]; 2016 No 43, Sch 1 [5]; 2019 No 25, Sch 5.1[7] [8].

Sec 211

Rep 2003 No 82, Sch 3.

Sch 2

Am 2002 No 53, Sch 2.2. Rep 2003 No 82, Sch 3.

Sch 3

Am 2006 No 112, Sch 1 [12] [13]; 2008 No 103, Sch 1 [33] [34]; 2009 No 29, Sch 2.1 [4] [5]; 2013 No 79, Sch 1 [2] [3]; 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [14]; 2015 No 29, Sch 1 [10]; 2018 No 81, Sch 2 [4].

Dictionary

Am 2002 No 112, Sch 1.1 [15]; 2005 No 98, Sch 3.2 [6]; 2006 No 112, Sch 2 [54]–[58]; 2007 No 9, Sch 5.1 [1] [2]; 2009 No 56, Sch 1.1 [3] [4]; 2010 No 66, Sch 1 [4]–[7]; 2010 No 97, Sch 2.1; 2011 No 4, Sch 2.1 [1] [2]; 2013 No 47, Sch 2.1 [2]–[4]; 2014 No 8, Sch 2.1 [15]–[18]; 2015 No 29, Sch 1 [11]; 2016 No 43, Sch 1 [6]; 2018 No 28, Sch 2.1 [1] [2]; 2019 No 25, Sch 5.1[9] [10]; 2020 No 22, Sch 1[21].

The whole Act (except cl 3 (3) of Sch 3)

Am 2002 No 112, Sch 1.1 [1] (“adoption agency” omitted wherever occurring, “adoption service provider” inserted instead).

The whole Act (except the heading to cl 3 of Sch 3)

Am 2002 No 112, Sch 1.1 [2] (“adoption agencies” omitted wherever occurring, “adoption service providers” inserted instead).

The whole Act (except Sch 3)

Am 2015 No 29, Sch 1 [1] (“Director-General” and “Director-General’s” omitted wherever occurring, “Secretary” and “Secretary’s” inserted instead, respectively).

Adoption Bill 2000

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Introduced LA: 21 June 2000 PDF icon Bill (and Explanatory note)

Amended in LA: 16 August 2000
Passed LA: 16 August 2000
Introduced LC for concurrence: 29 August 2000
Amended in LC and referred to LA: 10 October 2000
LA agrees to LC amendment: 31 October 2000
Passed by both Houses: 31 October 2000
Assent date: 09 November 2000 PDF icon 2000 No 75