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If a parent (or guardian) takes a child from their home in Australia to another country without the permission of either a Court or the other parent (or guardian) it is International Child Abduction.
Australia is a signatory to the International Treaty on Child Abduction, known as the Hague Convention.
More than 70 other countries are also signatories to the Hague Convention.
The Hague Convention makes it easier to recover a child from a country which is a signatory to the Hague Convention than if the child is taken to a non Hague Convention country.
When a child has been either:
then the Hague Convention enables a parent to make an application to have their child returned to Australia.
You can only do this if the country your child is in is a Hague Convention Country.
The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is in force between Australia and the States listed below:
For more information on the Hague Convention, including a status table for each signatory country, click here to read the full text of the Convention.
If your child has been taken to a Hague Convention Country then read our fact sheet about what you need to do to recover them under the Hague Convention.
We also have a fact sheet on the situation if your child is taken to a Non Hague Convention Country.
Other Questions answered in the International Child Abduction Section
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