Information Sheets

Author: VARTA
Published: September 2016
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

A statistical snapshot of data from the donor registers

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.

Complaints and Feedback Policy and Procedures

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.

Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Making an application to the Voluntary Register

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
  • Fee
  • Who can apply?
  • What information can be lodged?
  • Matches/No match on the Voluntary Register
Surrogacy FAQ
Author: VARTA
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Surrogacy

Surrogacy FAQ

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.

Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Talking about your donation

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. 

Donor conception, Donor conception register services

What is an information and support session?

Information for people applying to the Central or Voluntary Registers.

This information sheet covers:

Donor conception register services

Writing your Statement of reasons

Advise for donor-conceived people, recipient parents and donors needing to write a Statement of reasons to access identifying information through the Donor Conception Register Services.

This information sheet covers:

  • What should I say in my Statement of reasons?

 

 

Writing your first letter image
Author: VARTA
Published: February 2017
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Writing your first letter

Your introductory letter or email is often the first form of contact you have with someone to whom you are connected by donation. This information sheet provides advice on what to say, tips and tricks for a positive outcome, and where to go from here.