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Annual Reports
Author: VARTA
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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 

Published: December 2015
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Commonwealth parliamentary inquiry into surrogacy announced

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”.

Published: August 2018
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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: 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

Media Releases

Published: April 2017
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New guidelines for assisted reproductive treatment in Australia

Headline: New guidelines for assisted reproductive treatment in Australia

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:

Published: December 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, Donor conception register services, About VARTA, Regulation

New regulations starting December 2019

New regulations made under the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008, the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Regulations 2019 (the new regulations), start on December 13, 2019, and replace the earlier regulations which will no longer operate.

The new regulations expand the costs that can be reimbursed to a surrogate and include:

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:

Author: Chief Judge John Pascoe
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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.

Published: October 2019
Fertility & infertility, Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception, Surrogacy, About VARTA, Regulation

Thousands of women using low cost treatment

There’s been a surge in the number of women using low cost fertility treatment, the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority’s 2019 annual report shows.

In 2018-19, 12,940 women received fertility treatment in Victoria. Of this number, 2,339 received treatment at low cost clinics – a 22 per cent increase from the previous year.

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