A number of organisations have responsibility for administering aspects of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008.
VARTA is the statutory authority responsible for administering aspects of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008, the Act which regulates the majority of assisted reproductive treatment (ART) activities in Victoria. VARTA's regulatory role is to monitor programs and activities associated with the legislation, register providers of assisted productive treatment under the Act, and approve the import and export of donor eggs, sperm, and embryos.
Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages
The Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages held responsibility for management of the registers relating to donor conception in Victoria up until recently. From 1 March 2017, VARTA will manage the donor conception registers.
Patient Review Panel
The Patient Review Panel (PRP) considers individual applications for treatment for surrogacy, posthumous use of gametes and embryos, and extensions of storage time for gametes and embryos. It also considers applications for treatment where a registered ART provider or doctor is concerned about the risk of abuse or neglect of any child that may be born as a result of treatment, or where a person does not meet the eligibility criteria. The Patient Review Panel also considers whether there is a reason to deny treatment to a person if a presumption against treatment applies. Decisions of the Patient Review Panel can be reviewed by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).