In September this year, new legislation came into effect in Victoria which allows couples to adopt regardless of their sex or gender identity.

The legislation provides equality to LGBTIQ couples who can now adopt under the same circumstances and safeguard parameters as heterosexual couples.

Special Counsel, Rachell Davey, said, "The paramount consideration of a court when determining whether to allow an adoption application is always what is in the best interests of the child. This new legislation will allow more families to adopt and, therefore, better opportunities for children to be matched with the best possible family for them.

"It also means that LGBTIQ parents are now able to legally formalise their parenting rights by adopting their children. This is particularly important, as being legally recognised as a parent gives you the right to make important decisions for your child including in relation to schooling, medical care and religion, among other things."