Access to information about the donor

"'Where do I come from?' is such a fundamental question and I think that…the right to know that should at least be equal to the desire to have children." Ross, donor-conceived person

It is common for parents of a donor-conceived child to want to learn more about the person who shares some of their child’s genetic material. Under Victorian legislation, parents of donor-conceived children can apply for information about their child's donor. Parents do not need to wait until their child is 18 in order to seek information about their donor (which can be provided with consent from the donor).

Ask yourself: 'How will I answer my child's questions about their donor? What if he/she wants to contact them?'


While donors may think about the offspring born as a result of their donation, they are also very clear they are not the legal parents.