VARTA provides independent information and support for individuals, couples, and health professionals regarding fertility, infertility, assisted reproductive treatment (ART) and the best interests of children born.
The Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) is a statutory authority established to undertake a range of functions set out in the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (ART Act) and the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Regulations 2019 (Regulations). VARTA’s purpose is to regulate the provision of fertility treatment in Victoria, help people understand what they can do to improve their chance of having a baby, and support people involved in donor conception to get the information they need, and achieve their connection preferences. As both fertility treatment itself and the needs and expectations of those seeking treatment continue to change, VARTA plays a critical role in the effective operation of the system to optimise the welfare of the people it affects.
VARTA’s work is guided by the ART Act and Regulations, the Statement of Expectations issued by the Victorian Minister for Health, VARTA’s Strategic Plan for 2018-2021, the latest scientific and medical evidence, and ongoing consultation with stakeholders. VARTA is funded by the Victorian Department of Health and is free from commercial interests. VARTA’s small team is made up of experts in their field who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality support to the Victorian community. VARTA’s Board is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of VARTA.
VARTA is a member of the Fertility Coalition
VARTA is the lead agency in the Fertility Coalition, a group of five independent organisations running the Your Fertility program, including Healthy Male, Jean Hailes for Women's Health, Global and Women's Health at Monash University, and the Robinson Research Institute at The University of Adelaide. Your Fertility is a national program to educate Australians who want children, or want more children, about some of the key factors that affect fertility. This work is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and the Victorian Department of Health.