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Donor treatment registers

The Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages manages the Central Register and Voluntary Register under the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (the Act).

These registers record information about the people who are connected to assisted reproductive treatment (ART), such as:

  • the donor(s)
  • the woman who underwent treatment using donated gametes (i.e. egg or sperm) or a donated embryo, and her partner (if any)
  • the donor conceived person

Information held on the registers may include details such as full name, date of birth and medical history.

The registered clinic or doctor who provides the donor treatment procedure supplies the information for the Central Register to the Registry.

Eligible people may choose to lodge information for the Voluntary Register to the Registry.

The Act outlines conditions for access to information held in the registers, including who can apply for access and what information may be released

Eligible people may choose to lodge information for the Voluntary Register to the Registry.

The Act outlines conditions for access to information held in the registers, including who can apply for access and what information may be released.

Management of the Central and Voluntary Registers will change

From 1 March 2017 the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) will manage the Central Register and Voluntary Register, in accordance with changes to the Act which start on that date. VARTA is a statutory authority funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. VARTA provides independent information and support for individuals, couples and health professionals on fertility and issues related to assisted reproductive treatment.

Any applications for information made to the Registry prior to 1 March 2017 will be processed by the Registry. Responses which have not been completed by close of business 28 February 2017 will be transferred to VARTA before opening of business on 1 March 2017.

From 9am on 1 March 2017 any query about the Central or Voluntary Registers should be directed to VARTA.

VARTA's contact details are:

varta@varta.org.au
(03) 8601 5250
Postal address: Level 30, 570 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

(Office hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm AEST)

Changes to Donor Treatment Laws in 2015

Previous changes to the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 commenced on 29 June 2015. 

The Act allows for persons born as a result of a pre-1988 donor treatment to make an application to the Registry for identifying information about the donor from the Central Register. The donor must give consent to the disclosure of their information.

VARTA (Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority) undertakes information and advice sessions with applicants seeking access to information contained in the donor registers.

Applicants applying to the Central Register must provide a reason for their application during their information session with VARTA. VARTA will then forward the reason to the Registry who will contact the donor (subject of the application), provide the reason given and seek their consent.

More information

Find out who can apply and how to apply to access information on the Central Register.

Find out who can lodge or apply for information, and how to apply to access information on the Voluntary Register.

You can find more information about the donor registers in the ART FAQs.

You can find out more about VARTA on their website.