Published: October 2014

Nine’s ‘The Embassy’ highlights challenges of international surrogacy

People contemplating surrogacy arrangements have been strongly encouraged, wherever possible, to do so within Australia by the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA).

VARTA’s comments come in response to the first episode of the new Channel Nine program, ‘The Embassy’ which aired on Sunday, October 19. The program followed a number of Australians being assisted by the Australian Embassy in Thailand, including Australian Matt, his Canadian partner Wayne, and their newborn sons, Jaxon and Logan, born of a Thai surrogate.

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?

Author: Martyn A Stafford-Bell, Sam G Everingham and Karin Hammarberg
Journal: The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA)
Volume: 201
Issue: 06
Year: 2014
DOI: 10.5694/mja14.01086
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Outcomes of surrogacy undertaken by Australians overseas


Objectives: To describe the outcomes of surrogacy among Australian intended parents who engage in compensated surrogacy overseas.

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 anonymous online survey during July 2013.

Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Surrogacy, Regulation

Patient Review Panel

The Patient Review Panel (the Panel) was established under part 9 of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (ART Act). The ART Act was passed in the Victorian Parliament on 4 December 2008 and came into operation on 1 January 2010.

The functions of the Panel are to consider:

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:


Surrogacy Australia

This website supports Australians who are planning on, or who are already parents via surrogacy arrangements. We are an incorporated not-for-profit association, registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria. General information on altruistic and commercial surrogacy, useful groups and upcoming information and social events are open to all.

Surrogacy FAQ
Author: VARTA

Surrogacy FAQ

Surrogacy is a form of assisted reproductive treatment (ART) in which a woman agrees to carry and give birth to a child on behalf of another person or couple. The Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 allows surrogacy in Victoria for individuals or couples who may not otherwise be able to have children.  This resource provides a list of questions and answers and information to help you understand the legal, practical and emotional implications of surrogacy in Victoria. The information is related to surrogacy in Victoria specifically.

Published: November 2014

Surrogacy legal checklist resources launched

Legal checklist resources for people considering surrogacy arrangements - either domestically or overseas - have been launched today at the Public Health Association Australia (PHAA) 2nd National Sexual and Reproductive Health Conference.

Checklists created by Kellehers Australia last year, have been adapted with the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) and other stakeholders to ensure greater access by the community.  They are essential reading for anyone contemplating a surrogacy arrangement - whether in Australia or overseas. 


Surrogacy perspectives

Mother, surrogate and child share their story

The three videos below show different perspectives about surrogacy including those of an intended mother, a surrogate and one presenting a child’s outlook.


Commissioning mother – Fiona

After nine long years of infertility treatment failure and four miscarriages, Fiona’s sister, Laura, offered to be her “oven to cook her embryos”. After much discussion and a few glasses of red wine, they decided to proceed. Two years later, Pippy was born and she has brought more joy than Fiona could ever have imagined. Not many mothers get to cut their daughter’s umbilical cord but Fiona did! 

Surrogate - Laura

Surrogate, Laura and her husband feel very proud of the help they were able to give Fiona and her husband to have their daughter, Pippy. Laura has never considered Pippy as her daughter but a much loved niece and cousin to her own children

Surrogacy child - Pippy

Pippy aged 12 years proudly says, “I came into the world in a very special way…I grew in my auntie’s tummy but I am my mummy’s baby”. Her parents have never made a big deal of how she began and Pippy knows she couldn’t be more loved and wanted. Her middle name is ‘Laura’ to acknowledge her aunt’s special contribution in making her.

Author: Chief Judge John Pascoe
Surrogacy, Regulation

The child's right to know and family law orders

His Honour Chief Judge John Pascoe presented the 2016 Louis Waller Lecture on the topic The child's right to know and family law orders. This document is a transcript of the speech.