Here we provide a comprehensive list of formal post adoption supports in Australia.

Adoptee-led Post Adoption Support

Adoption Therapists Australia

For a list of intercountry adoptee led informal peer supports click here.

Nationwide Post Adoption Services

funded by Federal Government available and specific for all Australian based intercountry adoptees:

For free counselling, case management, therapeutic groups, small grants & bursaries, education & training: contact Relationships Australia.

For answers to any questions relating to Intercountry adoption not in scope for psychologists or searching services, adoptees can contact the Federal Intercountry Adoption Australia hotline e.g. visa / passport questions, sending country contacts or queries, other adoption services in your state/territory.

See updated information for passport and citizenship process for Australian intercountry adoptees.

State and Territory Services

funded by their State Governments:

Each department of adoption is a useful place to start if you are wanting a copy of your adoption records.

The funded post adoption service by state provides support for all adoptions (domestic and intercountry).

Australian Capital Territory

Department of Community Services

New South Wales

Department of Communities and Justice

The Benevolent Society
Post Adoption Resource Centre (PARC)

International Social Services (ISS) Australia
NSW Special Search Service for domestic adoptions or International Post Tracing Service (IPTS) for intercountry adoptions

Northern Territory

Department of Families, Housing and Communities


Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs

The Benevolent Society
Post Adoption Support Queensland (PASQ)

Jigsaw Queensland

South Australia

Department for Child Protection

Relationships Australia
Post Adoption Support Service (PASS)


Department of Communities


Department of Justice and Community Safety
Adoption Information Services – for access to adoption records, or discharge of adoption

Permanent Care and Adoptive Families

Victorian Adoption Network for Information and Self Help (VANISH)

Western Australia

Department of Communities

Jigsaw – Search and Contact

Adoption Research & Counselling Service Inc (ARC)

Nederlands (Formeel)