310 adoptions were finalised in Australia in 2018–19, of which 82% were of Australian children and 18% were intercountry. The majority of adoptions finalised were known child adoptions (211, or 68%) and, of these, 67% (142) were carer (known child) adoptions. Overall, there has been a 64% decline in finalised adoptions in Australia in the 25-year period between 1994–95 to 2018–19. However, since the low for the period of 278 adoptions in 2015–16, there has been a rise of 12%.
A series of fact sheets are available as part of this release.