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STATUS OF CHILDREN ACT 1974


TABLE OF PROVISIONS

           Long Title

   PART I--PRELIMINARY

   1.      Short title and commencement  
   2.      Definitions  
   3.      All children to be of equal status  
   4.      Instruments executed before commencement  
   5.      Presumptions as to parenthood  
   6.      Protection of executors, administrators and trustees  
   7.      Recognition of paternity  
   8.      Evidence of parentage  
   9.      Instruments may be filed with Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages  
   10.     Application to Supreme Court for declaration of parentage  

   PART II--STATUS OF CHILDREN--MEDICAL PROCEDURES--WOMEN WITH A MALE PARTNER

   10A.    Interpretation  
   10B.    Application of Part  
   10C.    Artificial insemination: presumption as to status of child  
   10D.    Implantation procedures: presumption as to status of child where donor semen used  
   10E.    Implantation procedures: presumption as to status of child where donor ovum used  

   PART III--STATUS OF CHILDREN--MEDICAL PROCEDURES--WOMEN WITH A FEMALE PARTNER OR WITHOUT A PARTNER

   11.     Interpretation  
   12.     Application of Part  
   13.     Women with a female partner: presumption as to status of child  
   14.     Women with a female partner: presumption as to status of child where donor ovum used  
   15.     Women with no partner: presumption as to status of child  
   16.     Women with no partner: presumption as to status of child where donor ovum used  

   PART IV--STATUS OF CHILDREN IN SURROGACY ARRANGEMENTS

           Division 1--Preliminary

   17.     Interpretation  
   18.     Jurisdiction of courts  
   19.     Surrogacy arrangements—presumption as to status of child  

           Division 2--Substitute parentage orders

              Subdivision 1--Making
              substitute parentage orders

   20.     Application for a substitute parentage order  
   21.     Commissioning parents presumed to be named as legal parents  
   22.     Court may make substitute parentage order  
   22A.    Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages must notify Australian State or Territory registering authority of orders  
   23.     Additional requirements for surrogacy arrangements without assistance of registered ART provider  
   24.     Circumstances in which consent not required  
   25.     Ancillary orders  
   26.     Effect of substitute parentage order  

              Subdivision 2--Discharge
              of substitute parentage orders

   27.     Who may apply for discharge of substitute parentage order  
   28.     Court may order discharge of substitute parentage order  
   29.     Effect of discharge of a substitute parentage order  

           Division 2A--Registration orders

   29A.    What is a registration order?  
   29B.    Application for a registration order  
   29C.    Applicant must give notice of hearing  
   29D.    Secretary of the Department of Justice has standing to appear at hearing  
   29E.    Court may make registration order  
   29F.    Circumstances in which consent to registration order not required  
   29G.    Application to revoke registration order  
   29H.    Court may revoke registration order  
   29I.    Notification of discharged corresponding surrogacy parentage order  

           Division 2B--Appeals

   30.     Appeals  

           Division 3--Proceedings under this Part

   31.     Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages to receive copy of orders  
   32.     Proceedings to be heard in closed court  
   33.     Restrictions on publication of proceedings  
   34.     Access to court records  
   35.     Access to court records if person deceased or cannot be found  

   PART V--POSTHUMOUS USE OF GAMETES--STATUS OF CHILDREN

   36.     Definitions  
   37.     Presumption as to status of child if male partner is deceased  
   38.     Presumption as to status of child if female partner is deceased  
   39.     Presumption as to status of child if female partner is deceased—surrogacy arrangements  
   40.     Legal status of deceased parent  

   PART VI--GENERAL

   41.     Regulations  

   PART VII--TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS--ASSISTED REPRODUCTIVE TREATMENT ACT 2008

   42.     Definition  
   43.     Transitional—Definitions  
   44.     Transitional—Repeal of section 10F  
   45.     Transitional—Application of Part III  
   46.     Transitional—Application of Part IV  
   47.     Transitional—Application of Part V  

   PART VIII--TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS--JUSTICE LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (SUCCESSION AND SURROGACY) ACT 2014

   48.     Registration orders—application to surrogacy arrangements before commencement of Part  
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