An adoptive parent must have done one of the following:
- adopted (or be in the process of adopting) the child with the involvement of an Australian state or territory adoption authority
- adopted the child under the laws of a country other than Australia and been living outside Australia for the past 12 months before the application is lodged
- adopted the child under the Hague Adoption Convention.
If you are living outside Australia, you can adopt the child from the country in which you have been living, or from another country.