Changes to Victorian donor conception laws implemented and more to come

2014 amendments

Pre 1988 donor-conceived people can now apply for information about their donors following the implementation the 2014 amendments to the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 on 29th June.

The changes to the laws mean that all donor-conceived people, regardless of when they were conceived, can apply to the donor registers for information about their donor. Information will be provided if records can be located and the donor consents to the release of their identifying information.

Parents, donors and relatives can also apply for information about a party that may be related by donor code.

VARTA provides support and information to people applying to the donor registers and to those contacted as a result of an application

For more information and to download application forms please visit our Donor Registers Service section.

Victorian Government announces further changes

The Victorian Government announced its proposed amendments to give all donor-conceived people rights to access identifying information about their donors - regardless of when they were born and without having to seek consent from a donor. 

However, protections are proposed for donors, with the requirement for contact preferences to be respected. .

Proposed measures are outlined in a discussion paper released 29 June, 2015.

Comments can be provided to the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Policy Manager, 50 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000 or email to [email protected] by Friday 4 September, 2015.