Approved Adoption Counsellor - Victoria

Service summary

You will require this approval if you intend to work with clients involved in adoption services.

Adoption counsellors typically work with non-profit adoption agencies to offer advice, procedural guidance, and assessment throughout the adoption process, for families both offering and wanting children. They may also offer post-adoptive services and assistance.

The natural parents of a child must receive counselling from an approved counsellor before consenting to the adoption of the child.

Adoption records and adoption court reports are not ordinarily available to the public. Adoptive parents, adopted persons and their relatives are entitled to apply for adoption information held by a relevant authority. The Agency will not ordinarily provide adoption information unless the applicant has attended an interview with an approved counsellor.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this approval you must be:

  • An officer or employee of the Department of Human Services;
  • Employed by an approved agency; or
  • A person who, in the opinion of the Secretary, has appropriate qualifications and experience to fulfil this role.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.



Ongoing, subject to assessment.



Please contact the Agency for further information on fees to be submitted with your application.



Application for an Adoption Counsellor Approval - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.

Administering agency

Department of Health and Human Services

Act(s) name

Adoption Act 1984 (Victoria)

Regulation(s) name

Adoption Regulations 2008 (Victoria)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Department of Health and Human Services

Operating address:
50 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 4057
Melbourne, Victoria 3001


1300 650 172


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