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Below are links for finding information on accessing adoption records for each Australian state and territory. This will include contact information of the relevant government agency or private organisation.
See also the Family History kit giving the major addresses of Indigenous family history organisations for each state.
Were you adopted? - NSW Dept. of Community Services
Adoption Information - NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
Connecting kin : guide to records : a guide to help people separated from the families search for their records. Listing of records: NSW Government welfare agencies; Non-Government agencies; Public hospitals; NSW Government non-welfare agencies. This publication is in PDF print form and should be available in many libraries. Please note: this guide is 800+ pages and may take a long time to download
Information About Adoption - WA Dept for Child Protection
Signposts - contains information and contact details for more than 200 facilities that provided some sort of residential, out-of-home care in Western Australia from 1920, sometimes even earlier.
Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN) is a support and advocacy group for people brought up in care away from their family as state wards or Home children raised in Children's homes, orphanages or other institutions, or in foster care.