Victorian Parliament passes donor information amendments
Legislative changes passed on 23 February 2016 will be coming into effect on 1 March 2017. They will allow all donor-conceived persons to access identifying information about their donor regardless of the year they were born. No consent from the donor is required to release this information, although notice will be given. The new amendments also allow the lodging of contact preferences by all parties involved, and enforce their compliance. These preferences permit the parties to decide on the terms of contact and whether they want contact at all. Contact, if chosen, may afford donor conceived individuals the opportunity to learn more about their identity, background and medical history. Under the changes, VARTA will manage the Central and Voluntary Registers, and continue to provide information, counselling and support.