Website privacy statement

The Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) is committed to upholding the privacy requirements of the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) (PDPA) and other relevant legislation. This Privacy Statement ('the Statement') applies to the VARTA website and outlines the personal information collected through this website, why the information is collected and how it will be used.

VARTA values and respects the privacy of the people that it interacts with as well as protecting the personal and sensitive information collected in the course of performing its functions under the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (Vic).

Personal information

‘Personal information’ is defined broadly in the PDPA as recorded information about an identifiable individual. Personal information may be collected via the website including, name and contact details relating to enquiries or feedback via VARTA’s online enquiry form and subscription to the VARTA newsletter. VARTA also collects information through Google Analytics to track the number of unique visitors to the website. The information collected by Google Analytics does not identify a user.

How and why personal information is collected on this website  

Personal information collected through the online Enquiries form is used to provide advice, respond to positive and negative feedback and enhance VARTA’s services. Personal information collected through the online Subscription form is recorded in a secured database independent of the website and used solely for the purpose of distributing Newsletters and other communications as requested by the Subscriber.

Use and disclosure of personal information

There are no other additional uses other than the uses outlined above.

VARTA will not the disclose personal information collected as part of website visits to a third party without the consent of the personal to whom the information relates, unless required to do so by law or other regulation.


VARTA applies privacy and security measures to protect against misuse, loss, unauthorised access or unauthorised disclosure of personal information including:

  • Only authorised staff members are entitled to access your personal information and for approved purposes only. In addition, all staff sign a confidentiality agreement as a condition of their employment.
  • Hardcopies of personal and sensitive information are stored in locked filing cabinets.
  • Passwords and security on all computers to protect electronic copies of personal information, including emails.


Once any personal information is received by VARTA, all reasonable steps are taken to protect that information from misuse, loss, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. While VARTA strives to protect personal information, VARTA cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information transmitted online and individuals do so at their own risk. If you have any concerns about conveying sensitive information over the Internet, you can contact VARTA.


This website may use cookies, which are small data files that record aspects of a user’s experience of this website. They may be used to record that a user visited a particular section of the website, that their browsing software was a particular version or to ensure that online applications and transactions do not require you to re-input information when moving between web pages.

The use of cookies can improve the website’s operation, making a user’s experience more efficient or more personalised. They do not identify the user or record personal information.

Cookies can be erased or blocked through your browser. If cookies are disabled in some way, parts of this site may not function fully.

Through using the website and allowing cookies, you consent to the collection and use of any information collected by the cookies.

Web Statistics and Data Collection

Pages on the VARTA website may be coded with Google Analytics software. This is made evident to the user, as the software makes use of JavaScript code in the source HTML of the web page. This JavaScript stores a first-party cookie in your browser, which contains a unique identifier that enables Google Analytics to track the number of unique visitors to the site. This unique identifier does not identify a user personally. None of the data collected by Google Analytics is matched with any personal information to make it identifying.

Through using this website, you consent to the collection and use of any information collected by Google Analytics. 

Queries about the operation of this website

If you have any queries about the operation of this website, or if you wish to have access to personal information which we hold about you, or believe that the information which we hold may be inaccurate, incomplete or out of date, please contact:

The Privacy Officer
Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority
Level 30, 570 Bourke Street
Melbourne 3000

Changes to this Privacy Statement  

You acknowledge and accept that your use of VARTA’s website indicates your acceptance of the terms of use outlined in this Privacy Statement. This Privacy Statement replaces any other Privacy Statement previously published on VARTA’s website.

We may at any time vary the Privacy Statement by publishing the varied Privacy Statement on our website. You accept that by your use of VARTA’s website after any variation, we have provided you with sufficient notice of the variation and you are taken to have accepted the revised Privacy Statement.

For information about VARTA's Information Privacy Policy, contact the Privacy Officer on 03 8601 5250.