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Welcome to VARTA

VARTA provides independent information and support for individuals, couples, and health professionals on fertility, infertility, assisted reproductive treatment (ART) and the best interests of children born.

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2020 Time to tell webinar

The recording of our recent ‘Time to tell’ webinar, held on 15 September, is available to purchase. The webinar features VARTA counsellors, parents who have experienced 'telling' and donor-conceived young people.

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How likely are you to have a baby after one, two or three IVF cycles?

If you’re thinking of starting IVF, or you’re already going through it, you may be wondering how many cycles it might to take to have a baby. 

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What’s your chance of having a baby from frozen eggs?

Egg freezing is on the rise. The latest data from the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority shows 4,048 women had eggs in storage in Victoria at the end of 2019-20 – a 30 per cent increase from the previous year. 

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Changes to our services

We are currently operating with minimal staff in the office. While mail is now being directed to the VARTA office, with some staff working from home, email communication remains a faster way of communicating with us.  

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Questions to ask your IVF clinic

Not everybody who starts IVF will have a baby. There are some important questions you can ask to get a realistic assessment of your chance of success.

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Donor conception register services

VARTA manages the Central Register and the Voluntary Register and provides support for donors, people who are donor-conceived, parents who used a donor and their families. View services

The Voluntary Register

The Voluntary Register allows people who have been involved in donor conception in Victoria at any time to voluntarily lodge information about themselves and their wishes in order to exchange information with other people on the Voluntary Register.

The Central Register

The Central Register holds the names and dates of birth (identifying information) of all parties to donor conception treatment in Victoria - donor-conceived people, their parents, and donors. The information is provided to VARTA by the fertility clinics where treatment occurred. People can apply to the Central Register for both identifying and non-identifying information.

Latest news & updates

Stay up to date with news about VARTA and assisted reproduction. View media releases, blogs and updates about VARTA's services here.

How likely are you to have a baby after one, two or three IVF cycles?

If you’re thinking of starting IVF, or you’re already going through it, you may be…

What’s your chance of having a baby from frozen eggs?

Egg freezing is on the rise. The latest data from the Victorian Assisted…
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COVID-19 vaccine update

If you are trying to conceive or pregnant, you may be wondering about the safety of…
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COVID-19 update

We are making changes to protect the health and safety of our staff, our clients and…
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Personal stories

Experience the stories of real people. View all stories

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How I found and lost my donor

Rose's story of how she found her donor through DNA testing
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BCNA: Fertility preservation

A BCNA survey has found that one in six Australian young women had not been informed of their fertility options at the point of diagnosis. Where fertility options were me...
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Your Fertility - Ricci-Jane's story

Ricci-Jane and her partner were told they wouldn't have a baby without IVF. Ricci-Jane had PCOS, and a stressful new job and poor eating habits had taken their toll on h...
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We were sperm donors

Read Carolyn's story about her experiences as a donor's wife.
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When a sperm donor applies to find his offspring

In 1979, when Aaron* answered a call for volunteer research participants at Melbourne’s Royal Women’s Hospital, he was surprised to find himself signing up to a sperm...
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When a sperm donor tells his family about his donation

Headline: When a sperm donor tells his family about his donation Twenty years after donating sperm at the Queen Victoria Hospital in Melbourne, Carl* learnt that he...
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Talking to young adults about their conception

Barbara, after nearly quarter of a century of keeping the secret of her daughters' conceptions, tells them they are donor conceived. Lauren, who was 21 when she was to...
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Talking to young children about using a sperm donor to become a family

Jacqui and Sarah provide us with their thoughts and experiences in talking to young children about how they used a sperm donor to become a family. “It’s understandab...
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Talking to your children about using an egg donor to become a family

Listen to this interview with Kim and her children talking about using an egg donor to become a family. "I’m Kim, I used an egg donor for my 11 year old twins. And I ...
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Telling others about donor conception

Advice from an experienced mother of donor egg twins and clinical psychologist Kim Paleg. Kim stresses that there is a difference between privacy and secrecy. The more sh...
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