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SR 1999 No. 283 Regulations as made
These Regulations amend the Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Regulations 1998.
Administered by: Attorney-General's
General Comments: This instrument was backcaptured in accordance with Section 36 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003
Registered 01 Jan 2005
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR06-Dec-1999
Tabled Senate06-Dec-1999
Gazetted 02 Dec 1999
Date of repeal 09 Apr 2013
Repealed by Attorney-General's (Spent and Redundant Instruments) Repeal Regulation 2013
Table of contents.

Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Amendment Regulations 1999 (No. 1)

Statutory Rules 1999 No. 283

I, WILLIAM PATRICK DEANE, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following Regulations under the Family Law Act 1975.

Dated 25 November 1999.

WILLIAM DEANE
Governor-General

By His Excellency’s Command,

Daryl Williams


Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Amendment Regulations 1999 (No. 1)1

Statutory Rules 1999 No. 2832

made under the

 

 

 

Contents

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                        1  Name of Regulations                                                         2

                        2  Commencement                                                                2

                        3  Amendment of Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Regulations 1998        2

Schedule 1       Amendments                                                               3

 


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1              Name of Regulations

                These Regulations are the Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Amendment Regulations 1999 (No. 1).

2              Commencement

                These Regulations commence on gazettal.

3              Amendment of Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Regulations 1998

                Schedule 1 amends the Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Regulations 1998.


Schedule 1        Amendments

(regulation 3)

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[1]         Regulation 3, heading

substitute

3              Interpretation

[2]         Regulation 3

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In these Regulations,

insert

         (1)   In these Regulations,

[3]         Regulation 3, after definition of State of origin

insert

working day means a day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday.

[4]         Regulation 3

insert

         (2)   A reference in these Regulations to a form by number is a reference to the form so numbered in Schedule 3.

[5]         After regulation 3

insert

3A           Headings of certain documents

                A document to be filed in, or issued out of, a court in proceedings that is in a form set out in Schedule 3:

                (a)    must be headed in accordance with Form 1; and

               (b)    may identify the proceedings in accordance with the rules of the court.

[6]         Paragraph 4 (a)

substitute

                (a)    a country mentioned in Schedule 2, on and from the date mentioned in relation to the country;

[7]         After subregulation 14 (2)

insert

      (2A)   The application must:

                (a)    be in accordance with Form 3; and

               (b)    include an affidavit in accordance with Form 2.

      (2B)   At the same time as the application is made, the applicant, or applicants, must give a copy of the application to the State Central Authority for the State where the child who is the subject of the application habitually resides.

      (2C)   As soon as practicable, the State Central Authority must give notice, in accordance with Form 4, of the application to any person of whom the Authority is aware as having an interest in whether the application is granted.

      (2D)   A person to whom the notice is given:

                (a)    no later than 5 working days before the court hearing, may file with the court a statement in accordance with Form 5 that sets out briefly the matters on which the person wishes to rely in support of the court making an order other than the order sought in the application; and

               (b)    must include with that statement an affidavit in accordance with Form 2.

      (2E)   As soon as practicable before the court hearing, the applicant, or applicants, may file with the court a reply to a statement filed under subregulation (2D), being a reply that:

                (a)    is in accordance with Form 6; and

               (b)    includes an affidavit in accordance with Form 2.

       (2F)   An order made by the court must be in accordance with Form 7.

[8]         After subregulation 15 (2)

insert

      (2A)   The application must:

                (a)    be in accordance with Form 3; and

               (b)    include an affidavit in accordance with Form 2.

      (2B)   At the same time as the application is made, the applicant, or applicants, must give a copy of the application to the State Central Authority for the State:

                (a)    if the application is made by 1 applicant — where the applicant habitually resides; or

               (b)    if the application is made by more than 1 applicant — where the applicants habitually reside.

      (2C)   The State Central Authority:

                (a)    no later than 5 working days before the court hearing, may file with the court a statement in accordance with Form 5 that sets out briefly the matters on which the Authority wishes to rely in support of the court making an order other than the order sought in the application; and

               (b)    must include with that statement an affidavit in accordance with Form 2.

      (2D)   As soon as practicable before the court hearing, the applicant, or applicants, may file with the court a reply to a statement filed under subregulation (2C), being a reply that:

                (a)    is in accordance with Form 6; and

               (b)    includes an affidavit in accordance with Form 2.

      (2E)   An order made by the court must be in accordance with Form 8.

[9]         After subregulation 20 (2)

insert

      (2A)   The application must:

                (a)    be in accordance with Form 3; and

               (b)    include an affidavit in accordance with Form 2.

      (2B)   At the same time as the application is made, the applicant, or applicants, must give a copy of the application to the State Central Authority for the State:

                (a)    if the application is made by 1 applicant — where the applicant habitually resides; or

               (b)    if the application is made by more than 1 applicant — where the applicants habitually reside.

      (2C)   As soon as practicable, the State Central Authority must give notice, in accordance with Form 4, of the application to the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs at the principal office of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs in Canberra.

      (2D)   The Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs:

                (a)    no later than 5 working days before the court hearing, may file with the court a statement in accordance with Form 5 that sets out briefly the matters on which the Minister wishes to rely in support of the court making an order other than the order sought in the application; and

               (b)    must include with that statement an affidavit in accordance with Form 2.

      (2E)   As soon as practicable before the court hearing, the applicant, or applicants may file with the court a reply to a statement filed under subregulation (2D), being a reply that:

                (a)    is in accordance with Form 6; and

               (b)    includes an affidavit in accordance with Form 2.

       (2F)   An order made by the court must be in accordance with Form 9.

[10]      After subregulation 22 (2)

insert

      (2A)   The application must:

                (a)    be in accordance with Form 3; and

               (b)    include an affidavit in accordance with Form 2.

      (2B)   At the same time as the application is made, the State Central Authority must give notice, in accordance with Form 4, of the application to:

                (a)    the adoptive parents, or adoptive parent, of the child to whom the adoption or decision relates; and

               (b)    the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs at the principal office of the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs in Canberra.

      (2C)   A person to whom notice of the application is given:

                (a)    no later than 5 working days before the court hearing, may file with the court a statement in accordance with Form 5 that sets out briefly the matters on which the person wishes to rely in support of the court making an order other than the order sought in the application; and

               (b)    must include with that statement an affidavit in accordance with Form 2.

      (2D)   As soon as practicable before the court hearing, the State Central Authority may file with the court a reply to a statement filed under subregulation (2C), being a reply that:

                (a)    is in accordance with Form 6; and

               (b)    includes an affidavit in accordance with Form 2.

      (2E)   An order made by the court must be in accordance with Form 10.

[11]      After regulation 24

insert

24A         Jurisdiction of Family Court of Australia

         (1)   Jurisdiction is conferred on the Family Court of Australia in a matter to which a provision of Part 4 applies.

         (2)   If jurisdiction is invested, in the matter, in a court of a State under a law of the State, the Family Court is divested of jurisdiction in the matter.

         (3)   Subregulation (2) does not have effect in relation to:

                (a)    proceedings instituted in the Family Court before the day on which jurisdiction in the matter is invested in the State court; or

               (b)    proceedings on appeal from a decision of the Court in proceedings mentioned in paragraph (a).

24B         Appeals may be made to Full Court of Family Court of Australia

         (1)   An appeal may be made to a Full Court of the Family Court from a decision of the Family Court:

                (a)    constituted by a single judge; and

               (b)    exercising jurisdiction under subregulation 24A (1).

         (2)   Jurisdiction is conferred on the Family Court for appeals instituted under subregulation (1).

24C         Evidence given in an appeal

         (1)   In an appeal mentioned in regulation 24B, the Family Court:

                (a)    must have regard to the evidence given in the proceedings out of which the appeal arose; and

               (b)    has power to draw inferences of fact; and

                (c)    may, in its discretion, receive further evidence on questions of fact.

         (2)   For paragraph (1) (c), evidence may be given in the following ways:

                (a)    by affidavit;

               (b)    by oral examination before the Family Court, constituted by a Full Court or by a judge sitting alone;

                (c)    in a manner directed by the Family Court.

24D         Time for instituting appeal

                An appeal mentioned in regulation 24B must be instituted:

                (a)    within the time prescribed by the Rules of Court; or

               (b)    within a further time that is allowed by the Rules of Court.

24E         Orders that may be made on appeal

                The Full Court may, in relation to an appeal mentioned in regulation 24B:

                (a)    affirm, reverse or vary the decree or decision that is the subject of the appeal; and

               (b)    make a decree or decision that, in the opinion of the Court, ought to have been made in the first instance.

24F         Appeals to High Court

                An appeal does not lie to the High Court, from a decree of a court exercising jurisdiction under regulation 24A or 24B, except by special leave of the High Court.

[12]      Subregulation 34 (1)

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Regulations 5, 6 and 7

insert

Regulations 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12 and 13

[13]      Schedule 2

substitute

Schedule 2        Convention countries

(paragraph 4 (a))

Item

Country

Date

1

Andorra

1 December 1998

2

Burkina Faso

1 December 1998

3

Canada (extending only to the provinces Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and the Yukon Territory)

1 December 1998

4

Colombia

1 December 1998

5

Costa Rica

1 December 1998

6

Cyprus

1 December 1998

7

Denmark

1 December 1998

8

Ecuador

1 December 1998

9

Finland

1 December 1998

10

France

1 December 1998

11

Republic of Lithuania

1 December 1998

12

Mexico

1 December 1998

13

Republic of Moldova

1 December 1998

14

Norway

1 December 1998

15

Republic of Paraguay

1 December 1998

16

Peru

1 December 1998

17

Philippines

1 December 1998

18

Poland

1 December 1998

19

Romania

1 December 1998

20

Spain

1 December 1998

21

Sri Lanka

1 December 1998

22

Sweden

1 December 1998

23

The Netherlands

1 December 1998

24

Venezuela

1 December 1998

25

Republic of Mauritius

1 January 1999

26

New Zealand

1 January 1999

27

Republic of Burundi

1 February 1999

28

Republic of El Salvador

1 March 1999

29

Israel

1 June 1999

30

Brazil

1 July 1999

31

Georgia

1 August 1999

32

Austria

1 September 1999

33

Chile

1 November 1999

[14]      After Schedule 2

insert

Schedule 3        Forms

(subregulation 3 (2))

Form 1        Heading of documents for use in court proceedings

(regulation 3A)

Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Regulations 1998

IN THE (insert name of court exercising jurisdiction)

 

 

NO.  (insert number of proceedings) of (insert year in which document is filed or issued)

 

 

DATE OF FILING:*/ISSUE:*  (insert date of filing or issue)

 

 

IN RELATION TO THE ADOPTION OF (insert forename(s) and surname(s) of child who is the subject of the proceedings) OR (otherwise identify the proceedings in accordance with the rules of the court)

____________________________________________________

omit if inapplicable

Form 2        Affidavit

(paragraphs 14 (2A) (b), 14 (2D) (b), 14 (2E) (b), 15 (2A) (b), 15 (2C) (b), 15 (2D) (b), 20 (2A) (b), 20 (2D) (b), 20 (2E) (b), 22 (2A) (b), 22 (2C) (b) and 22 (2D) (b))

I*/WE*, (insert forename(s) and surname(s) of deponent(s)), (insert occupation(s) of deponent(s)), of (insert address of deponent(s)), declare the following under oath:

                (a)    I*/We* am*/are* the deponent(s) for this document and have read the document and any attachment to the document; and

               (b)    the facts stated in the document, and any attachment to the document, that are within my*/our* knowledge are correct; and

                (c)    all other facts stated in the document, and in any attachment to the document, are correct to the best of my*/our* knowledge or belief.

SWORN by the deponent(s)

at (insert place where declaration made)

on (insert date of declaration)

...........................................................

(signature(s) of deponent(s))

 

...................................................................................

(name of deponent(s))

 

...................................................................................

(title or position of deponent(s))

BEFORE ME:

...................................................................................

(signature of person before whom affidavit is sworn)

 

...................................................................................

(name of signatory)

 

...................................................................................

(title or position of signatory)

____________________________________________________

omit if inapplicable

Form 3        Application for order

(paragraphs 14 (2A) (a), 15 (2A) (a), 20 (2A) (a) and 22 (2A) (a))

(insert heading for document in accordance with Form 1)

Application for order under regulation 14*/15*/20*/22*

1      Identity of the child and his or her parents

1.1   Child

Surname:

Forenames:

Sex:

Age:

Date and place of birth:

Father’s surname:

Other names:

Mother’s maiden surname:

Other names:

1.2   Applicant(s)

2.1   Mother:

Surname:

Other names:

Occupation:

Address:

2.2   Father:

Surname:

Other names:

Occupation:

Address:

2      Order sought

Under regulation 14 of the Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Regulations 1998, application is made for an order for the adoption of (insert forename(s) and surname(s) of child), an Australian child, into (insert name of Convention country), a Convention country.

OR

Under regulation 15 of the Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Regulations 1998, application is made for an order for the adoption in Australia of (insert forename(s) and surname(s) of child) from (insert name of Convention country), a Convention country.

OR

Under regulation 20 of the Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Regulations 1998, application is made for an order terminating the legal relationship between (insert forename(s) and surname(s) of child) and his*/her* pre-adoption parents.

OR

Under regulation 22 of the Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Regulations 1998, application is made for a declaration by the court that the adoption of*/decision made in accordance with Article 27 of the Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in respect of Intercountry Adoption in relation to* (insert forename(s) and surname(s) of child) is not recognised.

3      Attachments to applications made under regulation 14*/15*/20*

(for an application under regulation 14 or 15)

The following documents are attached:

                (a)    the report prepared on the applicant(s) by the Central Authority of the receiving State under Article 15 of the Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in respect of Intercountry Adoption; and

               (b)    the report prepared on the child by the Central Authority of the State of origin under Article 16 of that Convention.

OR

(for an application under regulation 20)

A copy of the adoption compliance certificate issued in the Convention country, and in force for the adoption, is attached.

4      Any other matters in relation to this application

(information may be written here or in an attachment to this application)

DATED.................................

..............................................

(signature(s) of applicant(s))

.......................................................................................................

(if the applicant is the State Central Authority, the title or position of the Authority)

Affidavit

(insert affidavit in accordance with Form 2)

____________________________________________________

omit if inapplicable

Form 4        Notice of application

(subregulations 14 (2C), 20 (2C) and 22 (2B))

Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Regulations 1998

Notice of application for order under regulation 14*/20*/22*

(insert title of State Central Authority) for (insert name of State or Territory)

TO: (insert full name and title of person to whom notice is given)

OF:  (insert address of person)

THE ATTACHED APPLICATION is set down for hearing by the (insert name of court) at (insert place where application is to be heard) on (insert date of hearing) at (insert time of hearing).

IF YOU WISH the court to make an order, or orders, other than the order sought in the attached application, you may, no later than 5 working days before the hearing, file with the court a brief statement that:

                (a)    is mentioned in paragraph 14 (2D) (a)*/20 (2D) (a)*/22 (2C) (a)* of the Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Regulations 1998 of the matters on which you rely in support of the court making the order*/orders* that you seek; and

               (b)    includes an affidavit in accordance with paragraph 14 (2D) (b)*/20 (2D) (b)*/22 (2C) (b)* of those Regulations.

IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO THE APPLICATION, OR DO NOT APPEAR AT THE HEARING, the court may make the order*/orders* sought in the attached application, or a similar order*/similar orders*, without considering what you have to say in response to the application, or in your absence.

DATED...............................................

............................................................

(signature of State Central Authority)

........................................................................................................

(name of State Central Authority)

Attachment

The application under regulation 14*/20*/22* (including any attachment to the application) to which the notice relates is attached.

____________________________________________________

omit if inapplicable

Form 5        Response to application

(paragraphs 14 (2D) (a), 15 (2C) (a), 20 (2D) (a) and 22 (2C) (a))

(insert heading for document in accordance with Form 1)

Response to application for order under regulation 14*/15*/20*/22*

IN RESPONSE TO the application made by (insert forename(s) and surname(s) of applicant(s)) filed in the (insert name of court) on (insert date of filing of application), a copy*/notice* of which was given to me*/us* on (insert date on which copy, or notice, of the application was given to respondent(s)), I*/WE*, (insert forename(s) and surname(s) of respondent(s)) state as follows:

(insert brief statement of the matters in support of the court making an order other than the order sought in the application)

DATED..................................

................................................

(signature(s) of respondent(s))

..........................................................................

(name of respondent(s))

.......................................................................................................

(title or position of respondent(s))

Affidavit

(insert affidavit in accordance with Form 2)

____________________________________________________

omit if inapplicable

Form 6        Reply to response to application

(paragraphs 14 (2E) (a), 15 (2D) (a), 20 (2E) (a) and 22 (2D) (a))

(insert heading for document in accordance with Form 1)

Reply to response to application under regulation 14*/15*/20*/22*

IN REPLY TO the response to my*/our* application made by (insert forename(s) and surname(s) of respondent(s)) filed in the (insert name of court) on (insert date of filing of response), I*/WE* state as follows:

(insert brief reply to matters stated in response to application)

DATED.................................

..............................................

(signature(s) of applicant(s))

.................................................................................

(name of applicant(s))

.......................................................................................................

(title or position of applicant(s))

Affidavit

(insert affidavit in accordance with Form 2)

____________________________________________________

omit if inapplicable

Form 7     Adoption order — Australian child

(subregulation 14 (2F))

(insert heading for document in accordance with Form 1)

Adoption order — Australian child

ON THE BASIS that this court is satisfied that it may, in accordance with regulation 14 of the Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Regulations 1998, make the following orders in these proceedings:

THE COURT AUTHORISES, in accordance with that regulation, (insert forename(s) and surname(s) of applicant(s)), (insert occupation of applicant(s)), of (insert address of applicant(s)) to adopt (insert forename(s) and surname(s) of child), an Australian child, into (insert name of Convention country), a Convention country.

THE COURT approves the following forename(s) as the forename(s) of the child:

(insert forename(s) approved by the court)

THE COURT approves the following surname(s) as the surname(s) of the child:

(insert surname(s) approved by the court)

DATED:  (insert date of order)

 

 

 

 

(Seal of court)

Form 8        Adoption order — child from Convention country

(subregulation 15 (2E))

(insert heading for document in accordance with Form 1)

Adoption order — child from a Convention country

ON THE BASIS that this court is satisfied that it may, in accordance with regulation 15 of the Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Regulations 1998, make the following orders in these proceedings:

THE COURT AUTHORISES, in accordance with that regulation, (insert forename(s) and surname(s) of applicant(s)), (insert occupation of applicant(s)), of (insert address of applicant(s)) to adopt in Australia (insert forename(s) and surname(s) of child), a child from (insert name of Convention country), a Convention country.

THE COURT approves the following forename(s) as the forename(s) of the child:

(insert forename(s) approved by the court)

THE COURT approves the following surname(s) as the surname(s) of the child:

(insert surname(s) approved by the court)

DATED:  (insert date of order)

 

 

 

(Seal of court)

Form 9        Order terminating parental relationship

(subregulation 20 (2F))

(insert heading for document in accordance with Form 1)

Order terminating legal relationship between child and parents

ON THE BASIS that this court is satisfied that it may, in accordance with regulation 20 of the Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Regulations 1998, make the following orders in these proceedings:

THE COURT ORDERS, in accordance with that regulation, on application by (insert forename(s) and surname(s) of applicant(s)), (insert occupation of applicant(s)), of (insert address of applicant(s)), that the adoption of the child (insert forename(s) and surname(s) of child), by the applicant(s) terminates the legal relationship between the pre-adoption parents of that child and the child.

THE COURT approves the following forename(s) as the forename(s) of the child:

(insert forename(s) approved by the court)

THE COURT approves the following surname(s) as the surname(s) of the child:

(insert surname(s) approved by the court)

DATED:  (insert date of order)

 

 

(Seal of court)

Form 10      Declaration of non-recognition

(subregulation 22 (2E))

(insert heading for document in accordance with Form 1)

Declaration that adoption or decision is not recognised

ON THE BASIS that this court is satisfied that it may, in accordance with regulation 22 of the Family Law (Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption) Regulations 1998, make the following orders in these proceedings:

THE COURT DECLARES, in accordance with that regulation, on application by (insert forename(s) and surname(s) of applicant(s)), (insert occupation of applicant(s)), of (insert address of applicant(s)), that the adoption of*/the decision made in accordance with Article 27 of the Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in respect of Intercountry Adoption in relation to* (insert forename(s) and surname(s) of child) is not recognised.

THE COURT approves the following forename(s) as the forename(s) of the child:

(insert forename(s) approved by the court)

THE COURT approves the following surname(s) as the surname(s) of the child:

(insert surname(s) approved by the court)

DATED:  (insert date of declaration)

 

 

 

(Seal of court)

____________________________________________________

omit if inapplicable

Notes

1.       These Regulations amend Statutory Rules 1998 No. 249.

2.       Made by the Governor-General on 25 November 1999, and notified in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 2 December 1999