The Victorian donor registers consist of the Central Register and the Voluntary Register. Both registers were managed by the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The Registrar provided VARTA with data for the period of 30 June 2016 from the donor registers for monitorin and public education purposes. A statistical snapshot of the numbers of people who have accessed the Central Register and Voluntary Register, as well as some information about their applications is provided for download.
VARTA acknowledges the importance of feedback, and a person’s right to express their opinion about VARTA’s services. Having a complaints and feedback policy allows VARTA to engage constructively with those who have used VARTA’s services, in order to improve both our services and the consumer experience.
A family storybook is a book or movie displaying information concerning how your family was created, presented in a child-friendly format.A family storybook is a book or movie displaying information concerning how your family was created, presented in a child-friendly format.
VARTA asked Australian donor-conceived adults to identify the most important information they wished to know about their donors. This document provides a guide to the information that donor-conceived people would most like to know about their donors.
Donors are entitled to apply to the Central Register to seek identifying information about their donor offspring, however this information can only be released with the consent of the donor-conceived person or parents of those under 18 years of age.
For more information download the information sheet below.
Information for donor-conceived people, recipient parents, donors and relatives and descendants thereof about applying to the Voluntary Register.
This information sheet covers:
- How the Voluntary Register works
- Who can apply?
- What information can be lodged?
- Matches/No match on the Voluntary Register
Surrogacy is a form of assisted reproductive treatment (ART) in which a woman agrees to carry and give birth to a child on behalf of another person or couple. The Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 allows surrogacy in Victoria for individuals or couples who may not otherwise be able to have children. This resource provides a list of questions and answers and information to help you understand the legal, practical and emotional implications of surrogacy in Victoria. The information is related to surrogacy in Victoria specifically.
Prior to 1988, sperm and egg donations were practised anonymously. Donors and parents who used the donations rarely told others about their experience. As society has changed and become more open, the law and this practice in Victoria has changed. Parents are encouraged to tell their child about how they became a family with the help of a donor. Donors are counselled in treatment clinics to be open about their donation to their partner, children, and extended family - especially as donor-conceived people or their parents are able to apply for information about them.