Resources

Published: March 2017
Fertility & infertility, Donor conception, Donor conception register services, Regulation

Finding your perfect match: egg and embryo donation in Victoria

Headline: Finding your perfect match: egg and embryo donation in Victoria

There are many opportunities in Victoria for people to find local egg or embryo donors. There are also people in the state who have eggs or embryos in storage who would like to find a person or couple to whom they would feel comfortable donating.

Author: Department of Health and Human Services
Published: February 2017
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Donor conception register services, Regulation

Guidelines for VARTA in managing the donor conception registers

Guidelines have been issued under section 100A(1) of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 by the Secretary to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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
Video
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: August 2017
About VARTA, Regulation

Making and handling protected disclosures policy & procedure

Any person or group of people can make a protected disclosure. Businesses and companies cannot make protected disclosures.

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

Media Releases

Author: VARTA
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About VARTA, Regulation

Ministerial Statement of Expectation

The Authority aims to work continuously towards regulatory best practice in administering aspects of the Act in a transparent way. In 2014, the Minister for Health issued a Ministerial Statement of Expection to the Authority in relation to its regulatory functions.

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