Published: November 2018
Fertility & infertility, Donor conception

New teaching resource shakes up Sex Ed in Victoria

Headline: New teaching resource shakes up Sex Ed in Victoria

Victorian sexual and reproductive health education is undergoing a transformation with the launch tomorrow of new teaching resources for schools at the annual conference of the Science Teachers’ Association of Victoria Inc in Melbourne.

Resource kit for rainbow families
Author: Jacqui Tomlins
Published: February 2015
Donor conception, Surrogacy

OUTspoken Families resource kit for rainbow families

Researched and written by Jacqui Tomlins, and partially funded by VARTA, this resource provides the ideas, suggestions, advice and collective wisdom shared by a broad range of parents from rainbow families.

Resource kit for rainbow families


Lesbian mums and known donors or dads

Telling the kids: What? When? How?

Donor conception

One sperm donor's personal story

Hello, my name is Ian. I am the biological father of nine children. Two of my offspring live with me and seven I have never met.

Photo of Ian Smith

Author: Dr Vasanti Jadva
Donor conception

Parenting and child well-being in families created using gamete donation

Donor treatment often focuses on parents and little is known about how the children conceived fare. This video was filmed at VARTA's Twilight seminar 'How are you going? - Experiences of donor conception' (8 April 2013). 

Dr Vasanti Jadva presented the results of a longitudinal study of families created using gamete (sperm and egg) donation. The children of the families were born around the year 2000 and data was collected at ages 1, 2, 3, 7 and 10 years.

Published: June 2018
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy

Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT)

Among embryos created in a laboratory some have too many and some have too few chromosomes. This is called aneuploidy.  Embryos can also have genetic defects which can cause health problems in a child. Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) is used to select embryos with the right number of chromosomes and those that do not have defective genes. There are two types of PGT:

Published: July 2019
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services

Prof Daniel Roos - DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity

Professor Daniel Roos, shares his experience as sperm donor who was contacted by his donor offspring as a result of DNA detective work at VARTA's 2019 Twilight Seminar, The Genie is out of the bottle: DNA testing and the end of donor anonymity.
Author: Karin Hammarberg, Louise Johnson, Kate Bourne, Jane Fisher, Maggie Kirkman
Journal: Human Reproduction
Volume: (2014) 29 (2): 286-292
Year: 2013
DOI: 10.1093/humrep/det434
External Link
Donor conception

Proposed legislative change mandating retrospective release of identifying information: consultation with donors and Government response

Study question:  How do gamete donors who presumed they could remain anonymous respond to proposed legislation to retrospectively remove anonymity?


Donor conception


RUDC (are you donor conceived) is a public awareness campaign with a difference. Now there’s less chance that you’re DC than that you will get heart disease or diabetes, but if you are DC, it’s arguably more profound. Although we might appear like ordinary people our donor conceived identities are often shrouded in mystery and have caught up with us long after the age we should have known about them. The discovery of this identity is often a cause of considerable anguish and soul searching; at least for a time.

Donor conception

Rainbow Families Council

We are a volunteer community organisation based in Victoria, Australia. We support and promote equality for ‘rainbow’ families (parents and prospective parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, transgender or intersex, and their children).

Donor conception

Rainbow Families and the law

In January 2010 the laws changed for rainbow families living in Victoria. The Rainbow Families Information Kit was developed to detail how these changes expand the options for members of their community.