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Accreditation—Hague Convention

    (1)     For the purposes of section 69O(1)(b)(ii) of the Act, the following criteria are prescribed—

        (a)     the body must be an incorporated non-profit body;

        (b)     the body must not be a party to negotiations or an agreement for the establishment of adoption arrangements with any other country;

        (c)     the body must have a principal officer who has—

              (i)     social science qualifications; and

              (ii)     experience in adoption, substitute care or family services;

        (d)     the body must be financially viable;

        (e)     the body must have accommodation available for its use that—

              (i)     is suitable for the conduct of assessment, interviews, training and support for adoption arrangements; and

              (ii)     does not form part of and is not adjacent to—

    (A)     accommodation used by an organisation that provides for the collection and disbursement of aid to another country; or

    (B)     an organisation that represents adoptive parents;

        (f)     the body must not be associated with the collection and disbursement of aid to another country;

        (g)     the body must have suitable facilities for the confidential storage of records.

    (2)     For the purposes of section 69O(2)(c) of the Act, the code of conduct in Schedule 3 is prescribed.

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