Legal implications

"When we were approached by the registry to make potential contact by the donor family, it was a difficult decision. Both of us felt quite positive about it right from the start. There wasn’t anything negative about it. We just had to consider how we would link the the donor family into our lives".  Adrian

There are legal consequences that result from using donated eggs, sperm or embryos. Donors, recipients and donor-conceived people all have legal rights and responsibilities under Victorian legislation. For example:

  • donors are limited to donating to ten women (including any partner or former partner of the donor)
  • the treating clinic must report all births involving donor procedures to VARTA
  • you and your partner (if you have one) will be identified as the parents of your donor-conceived child
  • if both you and the donor consent to the release of identifying information from the Central Register, you can choose to have contact with each other before your child turns 18 years of age
  • all children conceived by donor treatment have the right to apply for identifying information about their donor at 18 years - or younger if a counsellor gives approval
  • all children born after 1 January 2010 will receive notification that the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages holds additional information about their birth when they apply for their birth certificate.


There are options available for linking donors and donor-conceived families including giving medical or family tree information, exchanging letters or emails or possibly meeting.