Adopted adults (18+) and Birth parents:
Can obtain identifying information (unless a veto preventing access has been placed) and nonidentifying information.
Obtain information from the government department. To apply for information you can download an application form direct from DCS by going to:
http://www.community.nsw.gov.au/parents,-carers-and-families/fostering,-guardianship-and-adoption/adoption/past-adoptions/adoptions-pre-2010 , or contact them at the address below.
Note: NSW Government recently 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 (2016). Contact the Adoption Information Unit below.
FACS Adoption Information Unit (AIU)
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)
Email: Use the Open Adoption Enquiry Form on website
Or you can contact us and we will send you the relevant form, information and some initial reading.
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
HURSTVILLE NSW 1481
Level 5, 7-11 The Avenue,
Hurstville NSW 2220
Phone: 1300 659 814 (local call cost for NSW and ACT) or (02) 9504 6788