The Authority has responsibility under the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 to undertake public education about treatment procedures and the best interests of children born as a result of treatment procedures.

VARTA provides independent accurate information about fertility, infertility and assisted reproductive treatment in a number of different ways. Our event formats are designed to help you understand donor-conception as well as exploring up-to-date current ART issues.

12th February 2020 - 12:00pm

The aim of this group is to provide an opportunity for parents who have had a child using a donor egg or who are considering this option to share their experiences with one another.

Who facilitates the group?

The group is facilitated by Kylie Stone, Counsellor from VARTA.

When does the group meet?

The group meets one Wednesday every other month from 12 noon until 2pm.

19th February 2020 - 7:00pm

The group facilitates talking, sharing, thinking, listening, and provides an opportunity to mix with other donor-conceived adults. This group is for donor-conceived people only. It is not for people who are interested in donor conception. 

22nd February 2020 - 10:00am

This group facilitates talking, sharing, thinking, listening, and provides an opportunity to mix with other solo mums and their donor conceived children – as well as those about to embark on their treatment journey.

Who facilitates this group?

A counsellor at VARTA, Leanne Haynes (solo mum and secretary).

When does the group meet?

This group is held from 10am-12pm, on the following Saturdays.


It's all about openness, honesty and how, when and why tell.

The Time to tell seminar provides tips on how, when and what to say to children, friends and family so that parents feel more confident about their story, and children can understand the unique way in which they came into this world.

Documenting the story of how we became a family with the help of a donor or surrogate

Knowing what to say about how your family came to be can be a little daunting. However there are many creative ways to start the conversation early. Come along to a fun and interactive workshop with other parents and learn how to create your very own personal family storybook to share with your child.

We welcome parents who have used a donor or surrogate to create their family. Individuals or couples contemplating donor conception or surrogacy may also attend.

The Twilight seminar series is a flagship of the VARTA event calendar. The seminar is an opportunity to hear from key researchers and reproductive specialists as they shine a spotlight on issues of current interest in the field of fertility and ART. 

This annual lecture series commemorates the significant contribution Emeritus Professor Louis Waller has made to the field of assisted reproductive treatment in Victoria. Through this annual lecture, which VARTA has hosted since 2010, guest speakers raise and discuss controversial issues and challenge our thinking on assisted reproductive treatment and other relevant fields. Previous Louis Waller Lectures have addressed a range of topics on areas concerning ART, fertility and the law.

13th April 2020 - 12:00pm

The theme for Fertility Week 2020 is "timing is everything". The health promotion campaign will run from April 13-17 this year.

Fertility Week is an annual social marketing campaign delivered by VARTA, Your Fertility and its Fertility Coalition partners. Fertility Week aims to raise awareness of modifiable lifestyle changes that individuals and couples can make to improve fertility and the chance of a healthy baby.