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Published: June 2015
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Donor conception register services, Regulation

A right to know your identity - Victorian Government's committment

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.

 

Annual Reports
Author: VARTA
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Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Donor conception register services, About VARTA, Regulation

Annual Reports

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. 

 

 

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Annual Report 2018/19 

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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.

Guidelines for the import and export of donated games
Author: VARTA
Published: October 2015
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Regulation

Guidelines for the import and export of donated gametes and embryos formed using donated gametes

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;

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

Have your say on assisted reproductive treatment legislation in Victoria

Headline: Have your say on assisted reproductive treatment legislation in Victoria

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. 

Published: December 2015
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Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Regulation

Hope, hype or reality: can we make eggs or sperm from stem cells?

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?




Published: April 2019
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Regulation

IVF clinics improve their success rate information

Headline: IVF clinics improve their success rate information

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.

Published: November 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Regulation

IVF with the lot may not be the best option

Headline: IVF with the lot may not be the best option

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.

Published: June 2020
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Regulation

Legislation to remove police checks passed by parliament 

Headline: Legislation to remove police checks passed by parliament 
Starting from 8 July 2020 people will no longer have to have police and child protection order checks before starting fertility treatment in Victoria after state parliament passed legislation removing the requirement. 
 
The legislation, known as the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Amendment Bill 2020, was passed by the Legislative Council on 4 June 2020 and will come into effect on 8 July 2020.
 
Published: October 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Donor conception register services, About VARTA, Regulation

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