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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.

New Donor Treatment Laws

Changes made to the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 commence on 29 June 2015. 

The Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages holds and maintains the donor registers.

VARTA (Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority) will undertake information and advice sessions with applicants.

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 BDM who will forward the reason to the subject.

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