The Adoptions Australia data visualisations allow you to explore data on adoptions through customisable charts and tables. The displays are updated annually and contain data back to 1998–99. Data in the displays are based on the National Adoptions Dataset Specifications.
- Cat. no: CWS 67
Adoption numbers in Australia declined by 63% over the past 25 years – from 709 in 1996–97 to 264 in 2020–21
The 264 adoptions finalised in 2020–21 are the lowest number on record
In 2020–21, the median length of time to process an intercountry adoption was 3 years and 4 months
Known child adoptions (where a child is known to the adoptive parent) made up 69% of all finalised adoptions in 2020–21