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International Conventions

ISS Australia works closely with international Conventions relevant to children and families, in particular those established by an international body known as the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HccH).

Further information on the Hague Conference and a full transcript of its Conventions can be found at the HccH website.

Information relating to the application of the Conventions in Australia can be also found at the website of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.

The most widely used Conventions relating to ISS Australia’s work with children and families include:

  • 1951 UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees
    – Entered into force in Australia on 22 January 1954
  • 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
    – Entered into force in Australia on 1 January 1987
  • 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
    – Entered into force in Australia on 2 September 1990
  • 1993 Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Intercountry Adoption
    – Entered into force for Australia on 1 December 1998
  • 1996 Hague Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children
    – Entered into force for Australia on 1 August 2003
  • 2000 UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime and the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children.
    – Entered into force in Australia on 29 September 2003