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.
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.
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.
The Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (Vic) (Act) prohibits taking donated gametes, or embryos produced from donated gametes, into or outside of Victoria without the written approval of the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Authority (VARTA). Accordingly, approval must be obtained from VARTA before:
• the import of donor gametes, or embryos produced from donor gametes, into Victoria from interstate or overseas;
The Victorian Government wants to hear your views and experiences about the way assisted reproductive treatment (ART) is provided in Victoria.
Your input will inform a review of Victoria’s Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 and help shape changes and improve services for all Victorians who may need assisted reproductive treatment in the future.
Leading researchers and reproductive specialists discussed current research into whether we can create human sperm and eggs from stem cells and what this could mean for assisted reproductive laboratories and clinical practice in the future at the 2015 Twilight Seminar: Hope, hype or reality: can we make eggs or sperm from stem cells?
Fertility clinics in Australia and New Zealand are improving the way they present success rates but there is still room for improvement, our latest annual audit has found.
In 2018, a VARTA audit of 24 clinic websites showed the average score had improved from 5.54/9 in 2017 to 6.33/9 in 2018.
While audits in 2016 and 2017 showed no statistically significant change year-on-year, nearly half of the clinics (11/24) scored higher in 2018 than in 2017, and no website had a lower score in 2018 compared to the previous year.
IVF has come a long way since the first baby was born more than 40 years ago. In the early days of IVF doctors waited for the one egg that a woman releases every month to mature before they tried to retrieve it and fertilise it in the laboratory. Needless to say, the chance of a pregnancy was extremely low.
Since then IVF has become much more efficient mainly because hormones are used to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs, the culture systems in the laboratory have been refined and embryos can be frozen which adds to the chance of a baby.
Oct 2019 - More women accessing low cost treatment
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released new guidelines for assisted reproductive treatment (ART) in Australia.
The Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research, 2017 provides updated national ethical guidance for ART use in a clinical setting, addressing a number of complex ethical issues including: