Legislation about right to information about donors

"For me, the hardest thing about being donor conceived was the powerlessness and lack of choice - being constantly reminded that I must abide by decisions made long ago. Hang on a minute, I never agreed to any of this!"  Lauren

Victoria was the first state in Australia to recognise and address the needs of donor-conceived people to access information about their genetic heritage. In 1988, it implemented legislation to regulate the use of assisted reproductive treatment and established central donor registers to record details of sperm or egg donors, recipient parents and their children. Since then there have been a number of legislative changes made in Victoria, with a focus on increasing access to information for donor conceived people:

 

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In 1984, Victoria and Sweden were the first places in the world to pass legislation to enable donor-conceived people to apply for identifying information about their donor.