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Published: June 2015
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services, Regulation

A right to know your identity - Victorian Government's committment

The Victorian Labour Government is committed to giving all donor-conceived people the right to access identifying information about their donors regardless of when they were born.

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

 

Published: June 2015
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception register services

A right to know your identity discussion paper

Headline: A right to know your identity discussion paper

The Victorian Government has released a discussion paper, ‘A Right to Know Your Identity’, which outlines how the proposed changes will work in practice.

It details how donor-conceived people will be able to apply for information, how contact preferences will apply, and how donors and donor-conceived people will be supported through this process.

 

 

Author: VARTA
Published: August 2014
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Image: ART further amendment legislative changes Q&A briefing
Donor conception, Donor conception register services, Regulation

ART further amendment legislative changes Q&A briefing

Victorian Parliament passes donor information amendments

New legislation giving Victorians conceived through donor sperm donated before 1988 the right to access identifying information about their donors with their donor's consent was passed on August 21, 2014, and took effect 29 June 2015.

Q&A briefing

The Q&A briefing provides more information on the amendments and their implications.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

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.

Published: September 2018
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Donor conception register services, About VARTA

Frozen egg use in IVF doubled in two years in Victoria

Headline: Frozen egg use in IVF doubled in two years in Victoria
  • The number of IVF treatment cycles using a patient's own (thawed) frozen eggs - frozen for social or medical reasons - more than doubles in two years in Victoria
  • Victorian ICSI use declines, but still well above the national average
  • Sperm donor numbers increase but clinics remain unable to meet demand
Donor conception, Donor conception register services

New donor linking resources available

Headline: New donor linking resources available

Videos of presentations and of the experience of panellists from the recent Donor conception: towards openness Twilight seminar on donor linking and changes in the laws concerning donor conception  are now available for people who were unable to attend the event.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services, About VARTA, Regulation

New law gives all donor-conceived Victorians the right to know their heritage

New donor conception laws were implemented in Victoria on 1 March 2017. This world-first legislation gives all people conceived in Victorian from egg and sperm donation the right to know their donor’s identity.

Published: July 2017
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Donor conception, Donor conception register services

School aged donor-conceived children as healthy as other children

Donor sperm has been used for many decades to help couples where the male partner is infertile to have children. In more recent times, same-sex couples and single women increasingly have also used donor sperm to have children.

Until now little has been known about the health and development of children conceived with donor sperm as they get older, but a recent study conducted in Australia show’s that they are as healthy as other children.

Donor conception, Donor conception register services, Regulation

The donor conception registers have moved to VARTA

Headline: The donor conception registers have moved to VARTA

Changes to legislation governing donor conception in Victoria mean that on 1 March 2017, the state’s donor conception registers moved from the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) to VARTA.

Published: August 2018
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services, About VARTA

Twilight seminar - Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives

Headline: Experiences of donor linking: Research and personal perspectives

VARTA's 2018 twilight seminar explored what happens when people who are connected as a result of donor conception treatment learn each other’s identities, exchange information or meet. The sold out event, held on 9 July, examined the latest research into donor linking and its outcomes and listened to the experiences of people who have been through the process.

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