VARTA prepares an annual report each year that is tabled in the Victorian Parliament.
Read past reports to find out about the Authority's aims, functions and achievements in previous years.
There are many opportunities in Victoria for people to find local egg or embryo donors. There are also people in the state who have eggs or embryos in storage who would like to find a person or couple to whom they would feel comfortable donating.
The Victorian Government wants to hear your views and experiences about the way assisted reproductive treatment (ART) is provided in Victoria.
Your input will inform a review of Victoria’s Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 and help shape changes and improve services for all Victorians who may need assisted reproductive treatment in the future.
IVF has come a long way since the first baby was born more than 40 years ago. In the early days of IVF doctors waited for the one egg that a woman releases every month to mature before they tried to retrieve it and fertilise it in the laboratory. Needless to say, the chance of a pregnancy was extremely low.
Since then IVF has become much more efficient mainly because hormones are used to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs, the culture systems in the laboratory have been refined and embryos can be frozen which adds to the chance of a baby.
Oct 2019 - More women accessing low cost treatment
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released new guidelines for assisted reproductive treatment (ART) in Australia.
The Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research, 2017 provides updated national ethical guidance for ART use in a clinical setting, addressing a number of complex ethical issues including:
New regulations made under the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008, the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Regulations 2019 (the new regulations), start on December 13, 2019, and replace the earlier regulations which will no longer operate.
The new regulations expand the costs that can be reimbursed to a surrogate and include:
Louise Johnson, CEO of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) speaks on the topic, 'The "Right to Know" legislation a year on' at the VARTA Twilight Seminar, 'Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives' on 9 July 2018 in Melbourne, Australia.
There’s been a surge in the number of women using low cost fertility treatment, the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority’s 2019 annual report shows.
In 2018-19, 12,940 women received fertility treatment in Victoria. Of this number, 2,339 received treatment at low cost clinics – a 22 per cent increase from the previous year.