VARTA prepares an annual report each year that is tabled in the Victorian Parliament.
Read past reports to find out about the Authority's aims, functions and achievements in previous years.
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.
A comprehensive list of books in many languages to help donor parents explain assisted reproduction to their children: sperm donation, egg donation, embryo donation, surrogacy and in vitro fertilization.
The following brochures are available in hardcopy:
- Possible health effects of IVF
- Finding an egg donor
- Finding a surrogate
- Time to Tell
- Thinking of using donor sperm, eggs or embryos?
- Thinking of donating donor sperm, eggs or embryos?
- Donor Conception Register Services
The child’s right to know and family law orders was the title of the 2016 Louis Waller Lecture presented by His Honour Chief Judge John Pascoe held on 9 November at the State Library of Victoria, with almost 120 people in the audience.
Attorney General George Brandis has announced a Commonwealth parliamentary inquiry into surrogacy, to be conducted by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs.
Announcing the inquiry, the Attorney General’s media release stated that “surrogacy raises a broad range of legal and social issues, and raises questions relating to the rights, responsibilities, values and protections of Australian citizens”.
A family storybook is a book or movie displaying information concerning how your family was created, presented in a child-friendly format.A family storybook is a book or movie displaying information concerning how your family was created, presented in a child-friendly format.
For people considering surrogacy, it can be difficult to know where to begin and what to anticipate. Before entering into any surrogacy arrangement within Australia, there are key questions that each person should ask to avoid legal uncertainty and possible missteps. VARTA, in collaboration with Kellehers Australia, has compiled a legal checklist resource which should be essential reading for anyone contemplating a surrogacy arrangement. These checklists are modifications of the checklists devised and created by Kellehers Australia.
This brochure aims to help guide people through the process of finding a surrogate within Australia. It includes material on: what makes an ideal surrogate, asking someone you know, finding a surrogate you don’t know, and possible questions to ask a potential surrogate. It can be used as a guide to ensure that all parties are informed and prepared and that there’s a positive outcome for all.
- 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