The Registry records details of legal adoptions finalised in NSW.

Adoption applications require complex and extensive searches therefore no exact time limit for processing these applications can be given.


Adoption Information Unit
Family and Community Services (FACS)
Locked Bag 4001, Ashfield NSW 1800

Phone: 1300 799 023 (local call within Australia)

Adoption Information Certificate

You will need to apply for an Adoption Information Certificate (previously called a Supply Authority) for the following:

  • Adoptee - to obtain your pre adoptive or adoptive persons birth record.
  • Birth parent - to obtain adoption information of your child, including an adopted person's birth record.

After the Adoption Information Certificate has been issued to you by FACS, you may then apply to the Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages for information on the adoption. Your application must include three forms of your identification along with the certificate fee.

Certificate fee

Certificates are distributed through Registered post and prices below include postage and handling. Fee for International Registered Post: add $9. 

  • $56 - Pre adoptive certificate
    includes the information provided at the time of birth by birth parent/s. This cannot be used for identification purposes and will be stamped with 'Not for Official Use'.
  • $56 - Adopted person's birth record
    includes pre and post adoption birth information on one document. This cannot be used for identification purposes.
  • $64 - marriage search
    includes a result of search with parties names, date and place of marriage only.
  • $56 - death search
    includes name, date and place of death, cause of death and burial or cremation details of deceased only.
  • $56 - extract of a birth parent's birth record (if born in NSW) includes subject's name, date and place of birth and subject's parents given names only.