Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Regulation

Application to import or export donated sperm, eggs or embryos

The Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (the Act) requires that a person must not bring donor gametes, or embryos produced from donor gametes, into Victoria, or take them from Victoria, except with the written approval of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA). In addition, section 36 of the Act requires that those gametes or embryos taken from Victoria be used in a manner consistent with a purpose for which they could be used in Victoria.

Ad for VARTA board members
Published: April 2016

Applications invited for VARTA board vacancies

Headline: Applications invited for VARTA board vacancies

Several positions are available on VARTA's board. The Minister for Health, the Hon Jill Hennessy MP, is inviting applications for the positions. Applications must be received by 24 April 2016.

Published: April 2016
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Regulation

Applications invited for appointment to the Patient Review Panel

Headline: Applications invited for appointment to the Patient Review Panel

The Minister for Health, the Hon Jill Hennessy MP, is inviting applications for appointment to the Patient Review Panel (PRP). Applications must be received by 11 May 2016.

The Patient Review Panel is one of number of organisations with responsibility for administering aspects of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008

Author: Tracey Setter, Louise Johnson
Journal: Legaldate
Volume: 21
Issue: 4
Year: 2009
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Assisted Reproductive Technologies - Science, Ethics, Law and Current Issues

The article discusses legal and ethical issues related to assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in Australia. The legislation governing ART in the country include the Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 and the Prohibition of Human Cloning Act 2002. It tackles preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), egg freezing technology and posthumous use of gametes or embryos. Surrogacy arrangements are allowed under certain circumstances in Western Australia and Victoria.

Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Assisted reproductive terminology

The field of assisted reproductive treatment is filled with technical terms and acronyms. Here is a list of some common terms you may come across.

Donor conception

Australian Donor Conception Network

The Australian Donor Conception Network are a group of people who offer each other mutual moral support for our journeys of donor conception.

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Fertility & infertility

Australian Jewish Fertility Network

The Australian Jewish Fertility Network (AJFN) aims to provide a vibrant online presence for people within the Australian Jewish community who may be experiencing infertility or would like more information on the issue of fertility. AJFN provides resources, information and offers both financial and emotional support to couples struggling with infertility.

Author: ABC TV
Published: March 2015
Donor conception, Donor conception register services, Regulation

Australian Story: Louise Johnson on donor linking

Linking donor conceived people with donors is new territory with a wide variety of relationships created from those linkages. 

Author: Sam G Everingham, Martyn A Stafford-Bell and Karin Hammarberg
Journal: The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA)
Volume: 201
Issue: 5
Year: 2014
DOI: 10.5694/mja13.11311
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Australian's use of surrogacy


Objectives: To investigate the characteristics of parents and intended parents and their current and planned behaviour in relation to surrogacy arrangements.

Design, setting and participants: Members of two Australian parenting support forums who were considering surrogacy or were currently or previously in a surrogacy arrangement were invited to complete an online survey during July 2013.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART)

Balancing hopes against realities

Couples describe the IVF treatment program as a journey with a lot of emotion. It can last for many months, even years. The emotional journey that Anne undertook had her balancing hopes against the realities. It became a struggle that often looked bleak.