Victoria: major changes to IVF laws

Victoria: major changes to IVF laws

The Victorian Government has put a Bill before the Parliament proposing major changes to the way that ART and IVF services are delivered. The Assisted Reproductive Treatment Bill 2008 proposes a new regime for the regulation of IVF services.

Some significant features:

  • surrogate arrangements will now be able to occur in Victoria. They will not be limited to married couples. People seeking surrogate arrangements could be single (male or female), married or de facto, or same sex partners.
  • commercial surrogacy in Victoria could occur. However, the surrogate mother can only receive her expenses reimbursed and cannot be allowed to profit. There would also be a ban on advertising for surrogates. In reality, these limitations should prevent commercial surrogacy.
  • an egg or sperm from a dead person can be used to fertilise the dead person’s partner (so is not limited to married couples, and might include lesbian but not gay couples) in limited cases.
  • sets up the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority.
  • changes presumptions about children for women who are single or have female partners- “the man who produced the semen used in the procedure is presumed, for all purposes, not to be the father of any child born as a result of the pregnancy whether or not the man is known to the woman or her female partner” and the female partner is presumed to be a parent. However, if a donor egg was used, the donor is presumed not to be the mother of the child born as a result of the pregnancy. Therefore if the female partner were to be the donor, she would be a parent but not the mother.

The Bill is subject to a conscience vote, so it remains to be seen if it passes both Houses.

Things to Read, Watch & Listen

Anne-Marie Hutchinson Memorial Lecture

I have been given the great honour today of talking about my friend and colleague, the late Anne-Marie Hutchinson, OBE QC (Hons). Speaking at the tail end of this meeting, I have to keep this interesting! I am not going to talk at first about Anne-Marie, but two other inspirational women in my first law… Read More »Anne-Marie Hutchinson Memorial Lecture

Embracing Wellness in Your Daily Routine for Fertility

American guest author Ashley Taylor has written an interest article about having a holistic approach to maintaining your health and addressing fertility issues: In the journey toward maintaining your health and addressing fertility issues, embracing a holistic approach is key. Wellness is more than just a goal; it’s a sustainable lifestyle that intertwines various aspects… Read More »Embracing Wellness in Your Daily Routine for Fertility

Consultation open: Queensland Assisted reproductive technology industry

The Regulation of Assisted Reproductive Technology Services Consultation Paper is now available and open for feedback until 25 February 2024. This follows the Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services and Minister for Women’s commitment to regulate the assisted reproductive technology (ART) industry in Queensland by 2024. The paper is designed to help inform considerations for regulating… Read More »Consultation open: Queensland Assisted reproductive technology industry

Family Law Section Law Council of Australia Award
Member of Queensland law society
Family law Practitioners Association
International Academy of Family Lawyers - IAFL
Mediator Standards Board