The Palaszczuk Government yesterday made same-sex adoption legal in Queensland.
Minister for Communities Shannon Fentiman said the Adoption and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 passed in the Queensland Parliament on 2 November 2016.
“Discriminatory barriers that prevent LGBTI Queenslanders from being able to adopt a child have no place in our community or in our laws,” Ms Fentiman said.
“It is only fair members of our LGBTI community have the same rights as any other Queenslander, and that includes the right to raise a family with an adopted child."
The change to the law follows a statutory review of the state’s Adoption Act 2009, which asked community members to share their experience of adoption and make recommendations about how the process can be improved.
More than 350 Queenslanders and organisations responded, with the vast majority supportive of the removal of barriers preventing same-sex couples, single people and couples undergoing fertility treatment, from adopting.
The reforms will also remove the offence and penalty for a breach of contact statement for adoptions prior to June 1991, facilitate face-to-face contact during interim adoption orders between an adoptee and their birth family, improve access to information and streamline the step-parent application process.
For more information see the Adoption and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016.