Adopted adults (18+) and Birth parents:
Can obtain identifying information (unless a veto preventing access has been placed) and nonidentifying information.

Step 1:

Obtain information from the government department. To apply for information you can download an application form direct from DCS by going to:,-carers-and-families/fostering,-guardianship-and-adoption/adoption/past-adoptions/adoptions-pre-2010 , or contact them at the address below.

Note: In 2015, the NSW Government changed their policies in relation to access to information about birth fathers, you may now be able to obtain his name even if he did not consent to the adoption. Contact the Adoption Information Unit below.

Department of Communities and Justice
Community Services
4-6 Cavill Ave, Ashfield, NSW,  2131

Locked Bag 4028
Ashfield   NSW   2131

Ph: 1300 799 023 (local call cost from within NSW and ACT)
     1800 003 227 (business pays for the call, all Australia)
Ph:    02 9716 3005 (from other states)
Ph: +61 2 9716 3005 (from overseas)


Or you can contact us and we will send you the relevant form, information and some initial reading.

Support Service
The NSW Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC) also has an excellent web site with information about all aspects of adoption. Their services include information, counselling, mediation, support groups, research and a library. Their contact details are:

Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC) NSW
Locked Bag 6002

Level 4, 7-11 The Avenue,
Hurstville  NSW   2220
Phone: 1800 236 762 (local call cost for NSW and ACT)  or (02) 9504 6788

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