Data are collected annually. Aggregate data are provided by state and territory departments and by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Information is collected on children placed for adoption and on finalised adoption orders in Australia. The collected data covers the characteristics of adopted children, their parents and adoptive families. Data are also collected on associated administrative processes including applications and vetoes for contact and information exchange, the type of authority responsible for the adoption, the types of consent provided for the adoption, the median time for an intercountry adoption, the status of the adoption order at 30 June, and the number of Subclass 102 visas issued. Data are published by the AIHW in the annual "Adoptions Australia" reports.

Collection details

Temporal coverage

from 1 July 1990 to 30 June 2016

Geographical coverage


Data availability

  • publications
  • data cubes
  • summary tables published in electronic form
  • unit records are not available

Data scope

Children placed with adoptive families and  adoption orders finalised during the financial year.


Admin data

Metadata information and data quality statement DQS

Adoptions Data Set Specification (DSS) 2013–16

Adoptions Australia DQS 2015–16

External links and information 

Adoptions Australia 2015–16


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