Accreditation of Adoption Service Providers - New South Wales


You will need this accreditation if you intend to provide non-government domestic or international adoption services.

Adoption services include:

  • assessing the suitability of a person or persons for the adoption of a child
  • making decisions about who may adopt a child
  • making arrangements for the transfer of a child to their adoptive family.

Only charitable or not-for-profit agencies may apply for this accreditation.

This accreditation will help your agency improve its quality of care for children and maintain the current standards of good practice. Accreditation will also help your agency recognise any need for change or improvement to your services. Your application must include detailed outlines of your agency's structure, the programs you offer and any funding agreements you are a part of.

You may be granted full or provisional accreditation. Provisional accreditation will involve an assessment of your indirect evidence including its adoption policies and procedures. Full accreditation may be granted when you begin providing adoption services and after an evidence based review of your adoption practices and procedures.

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 provisional accreditation, you must:

  • be a charitable or not-for-profit agency
  • demonstrate how you will comply with the New South Wales Child Safe Standards for Permanent Care
  • submit to a full review of your adoption policies and procedures.

To be eligible for full accreditation, you must:

  • be currently accredited by the Office of the Children's Guardian
  • be due for accreditation renewal
  • have provided adoption services during the 12 months prior to your current accreditation expiry date
  • demonstrate how you have complied with the New South Wales Child Safe Standards for Permanent Care
  • submit to a full evidence based review of your adoption policies, procedures and practice.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

As an accredited adoption service provider, you must comply with all the conditions of accreditation issued by the Office of the Children's Guardian.


The provisional accreditation period is 3 years. The full accreditation period can be 1, 3 or 5 years.


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Act(s) name

Adoption Act 2000 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Adoption Regulation 2015 New South Wales

Application process


You must include specified details about your organisation, the principal officer's qualifications and experience and your proposed services and premises.


You may apply to the Office of the Children's Guardian to transfer your accreditation to another eligible agency. The Office must give its express written authorisation before a transfer can take place.

Additional information

All accredited adoption agencies are publicly listed with the NSW Office of the Children's Guardian.

You have the right to an administrative review of any decision made by the Office in regarding your application for accreditation.

The Office may place conditions on your accreditation.

The Office may request additional information with your application.

Administering agency

NSW Office of the Children's Guardian

Contact details

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