Introduction

If you're an adopted person, or a birth parent, and you'd like information concerning a past adoption, you'll first need to apply for a Supply Authority from the Adoption Information Unit (AIU) to confirm there are no restrictions on the supply of information to you. You can download and complete the Information About a Past Adoption form, and mail it to the AIU, or alternatively, lodge your form at a service centre.

What you'll need

  • The Information About a Past Adoption form
  • Your personal and contact details
  • Your birth certificate
  • As many details as you have about the adoption
  • Certified documentation if you have changed your name
  • Any two certified identification documents, one of which contains your current signature, for example:
    • Passport 
    • Current photo Driver Licence 
    • Medicare Card 
    • Photo Card (Proof of Age) 
    • Health Care Card 
    • Pension Card 
    • Veterans’ Affairs Card 
    • Order of Adoption 

How to apply

  1. Download, print and complete the Information About a Past Adoption – PDF
  2. Make sure you have all the required documentation, and then:
  • Mail your documentation to the FACS Adoption Information Unit, Locked Bag 4028, Ashfield NSW 2131, or
  • Visit a service centre and lodge your application

Who's eligible?

To make sure that you have all the information and documentation you need to complete this transaction, please visit Family & Community Services.

Things to keep in mind...

  • When you receive your Supply Authority you'll also be provided with an Adoption Search Guide.
  • Searching and making contact can be very exciting, but also very sensitive and complex . AIU and other Adoption Support Services are available and very willing to assist you.
  • Applications cannot be accepted by email or other electronic means.
  • Documents provided as proof of identity may have their authenticity verified through the online Certificate Validation Service (CertValid) and the National Document Verification Service (DVS).

To make sure that you have all the information and documentation you need to complete this transaction, please visit Family & Community Services.

Payment methods

You can review transaction payment options on our payment methods page.