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References for parentage

Information for staff about parentage.

The Law Handbook

Fitzroy Legal Service’s Law Handbook has information about parentage.

See Parental responsibility for children.

Australian Institute of Family Studies

An institute report, commissioned by the Commonwealth Attorney General, evaluates the way that children and parents have been affected by the changes to parenting under the 2006 shared care reforms. The report was published on 27 November 2009.

See Australian Institute of Family Studies—The Evaluation of the 2006 Family Law Reforms.

National Association of Testing Authorities Australia (NATA)

NATA is the authority responsible for the accreditation of laboratories, such as those that provide DNA testing services. Their site has a list of accredited DNA testing laboratories that can provide parentage testing services.

See National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)—DNA analysis.

Information about parenting issues in same-sex relationships

Surrogacy—The varied approaches of the states and territories (pdf, 68 KB)(opens in a new window)

Paper delivered by Paul Boers which compares the different laws about surrogacy in Australian jurisdictions.

The Mainstreaming of same sex relationships—Becoming parents (pdf, 107 KB)(opens in a new window)

Paper by Paul Boers, Nicholes Family Lawyers, about parenting in gay and lesbian relationships.

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