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Donor Update – People conceived from sperm, eggs or embryos donated prior to 1 July 1988

Vivien MacLaclan

Monash IVF Donor & Research

Victoria was the first state in Australia to recognise and address the needs of donor-conceived people to access information about their genetic heritage. In 1988 legislation was introduced to establish a central donor registry to record details of sperm and egg donors, recipient parents and their children.

Current legislative changes effective 29 June 2015 will give Victorians conceived through donor sperm before 1988 the right to access identifying information about their donors.

The legislative changes bring the rights of donor conceived people born before 1988 into line with those born between 1988 and the end of 1997 who have the right to access identifying information about the donor with the donor’s consent.

Until now, donor-conceived people born before 1988 had no way of connecting with their donor unless both parties registered with the Voluntary Donor Register.

It is important to note that the counselling and consenting for sperm donation before 1988 was on the basis that the donation was ‘anonymous’.

To comply with the legislation changes and subsequent amendments to the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act, Monash IVF Victoria have sent encrypted files containing information on donors and recipient births prior to 1 July 1988 to the Victorian Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages.

The Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) have launched a communications campaign to educate the community about these important changes. Further information is available on the VARTA website at https://www.varta.org.au/information-support/donor-register-services

Please note that one of VARTA’s roles is to provide support and advice to people applying to the donor registers and to those contacted as a result of an application, including donor-conceived people, parents who have used a donor, donors, and relatives or descendants. The services will come in to effect with the implementation of the amendments to the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act on 29 June 2015.

Refer link to VARTA brochure ART Further Amendment Act 2014
https://www.varta.org.au/resources/brochure/art-further-amendment-legislative-changes-qa-briefing

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