In August 2016, the ACT Government established a cross-directorate Domestic Adoptions Taskforce (the Taskforce) to identify issues and make recommendations about the timely and appropriate completion of the adoption process. In 2017, the ACT Government agreed to implement all six recommendations developed by the Taskforce.
Community members, relevant organisations and professionals were invited to make written and verbal submissions to the Directorate on issues raised in a discussion paper, which was open for response from 19 December 2018 to 31 March 2019.
This report outlines the findings from the first stage of consultation on existing provisions that guide dispensing with consent decisions. It considers key themes from submissions received in response to questions raised in the discussion paper (which can be found at Appendix A, p. 12). Issues raised in this report have informed the second stage of consultation – a series of targeted interviews led by a non-government facilitator during late September and October 2019.Analysis of the feedback provided during the second stage of consultation is currently underway.