The Adoption of Children Amendment Act, 1973 (Act no. 049 of 1973) commenced on 1 March 1974. The Amendment made three changes that the Department for Community Welfare (DCW) had sought. The amendments removed some of the flexibility to revoke consent to adopt, to further protect the interests of people who were adopting children. This amendment also extended the restrictions on publishing the identity of people directly involved in adoption processes, and removed the requirement for the Department to investigate applicants who were step-parents, unless the Judge expressly ordered them to do so.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Western Australian Government Gazette No. 15', in Western Australian Government Gazette Online Archive, State Law Publisher of Western Australia, 22 February 1974, https://www.legislation.wa.gov.au/legislation/prod/gazettestore.nsf/FileURL/gg1974_015.pdf/$FILE/Gg1974_015.pdf?OpenElement; Western Australia. Department for Community Development, ROADS. An index of locations and access to adoption records., with Adoption Service, Department for Community Development, Dept. For Community Development, 2005, https://web.archive.org/web/20110327071024/http://www.dcp.wa.gov.au/FosteringandAdoption/Documents/ROADS2006.pdf; Law Research Service, Melbourne Law School, Law Library, The University of Melbourne. 'Find and Connect Project - Western Australia Legislation', 13 December 2013, held in the project files at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 27 June 2012, Last modified: 15 June 2018