Child taken to Non Hague Convention Country

Child Abducted Overseas to a Country who is not a Signatory to the Hague Convention

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.

If your child is abducted and taken to a country outside Australia, then how difficult it may be to recover your child back to Australia, will depend on whether the country they are in is a signatory to the Hague Convention.

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international agreement between some countries that covers international parental child abduction.

You can see a list of countries that are Hague Convention Countries. This list is updated from time to time by the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Department.



If your child is in a country which has not signed so as to agree to become a party to the Hague Convention, it will be more difficult to recover your child however it may still be possible to have your child returned to Australia.

You will probably have to engage a lawyer in the overseas country to issue legal proceedings in that overseas country for the recovery of the child, at the same time as you also issue proceedings in the Family Court of Australia.

For more information on the Hague Convention

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 information sheet about what you need to do to recover them under the Hague Convention.

We also have a information sheet on the situation if your child is taken to a Non Hague Convention Country.

Relocation, International & Domestic Child Abduction: More Information

We also have the following pages providing additional information in relation to both Relocation of a Parent with a Child within Australia (domestically) and International Child Abduction:


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