Legislative updates

Victorian donor conception laws have changed

Legislative changes passed on 23 February 2016 came into effect on 1 March 2017. This world-first legislation will give all people conceived in Victorian from egg and sperm donation the right to know their donor’s identity.

They 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. Contact 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 people the opportunity to learn more about their identity, background and medical history.

Under this legislation, responsibility for managing the donor conception registers has moved from the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) to VARTA. This move will enable VARTA’s Donor Conception Register Services to provide a 'one door in' support and information service to donors, donor-conceived people, parents of donor-conceive people, and the families of all. 

Guidelines for VARTA in managing the donor conception registers have been issued under section 100A(1) of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 by the Secretary to the Department of Health and Human Services. The guidelines relate to the performance of functions and the exercise of powers of VARTA in managing the donor conception registers and in undertaking inquires to assist linking parties.

Guidelines for VARTA in managing the donor conception registers

New law gives all donor-conceived Victorians the right to know their heritage