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.


Gay Dads Australia

This Australian based website has been set up to support gay men who are planning on, or who are already parents. 

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?

Donor conception

Rainbow Families Council

We are a volunteer community organisation based in Victoria, Australia. We support and promote equality for ‘rainbow’ families (parents and prospective parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, transgender or intersex, and their children).

Donor conception

Rainbow Families and the law

In January 2010 the laws changed for rainbow families living in Victoria. The Rainbow Families Information Kit was developed to detail how these changes expand the options for members of their community.

Published: July 2017
Donor conception, Donor conception register services

School aged donor-conceived children as healthy as other children

Donor sperm has been used for many decades to help couples where the male partner is infertile to have children. In more recent times, same-sex couples and single women increasingly have also used donor sperm to have children.

Until now little has been known about the health and development of children conceived with donor sperm as they get older, but a recent study conducted in Australia show’s that they are as healthy as other children.

Donor conception

Talking to young children about using a sperm donor to become a family

Jacqui and Sarah provide us with their thoughts and experiences in talking to young children about how they used a sperm donor to become a family.

“It’s understandable to be apprehensive, of course it is.  It can be quite a scary and challenging thing but in the end the important thing is tell kids early.  I think that it’s really important; it’s something that they always know.”

Published: November 2014
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

Victorian sperm donor numbers fallen by almost a quarter in past year

The supply of sperm donors in Victoria has dropped by 23 per cent over the past financial year, according to the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority's (VARTA's) Annual Report 2014. There were only 343 sperm donors at the start of 2013-14 compared to 445 in the previous year.

At the same time, the increase in demand for donor sperm from single women and those in same-sex relationships has resulted in demand outstripping supply in the state, with the use of donor insemination almost doubling between 2013-14 and 2012-13.

Published: October 2015
Assisted reproduction treatment (ART), Donor conception

New data reveals changing face of family formations in Victoria

Media Release

Heterosexual couples comprised only 15 per cent of families formed as a result of donor conception in Victoria between 2014-15, according to the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority’s (VARTA’s) Annual Report 2015, released today.