Donor-conceived births are births conceived through assisted reproductive technology (ART). This includes self-insemination and IVF.
Registering a donor-conceived birth
If your child is born in Victoria, you need to register the birth within 60 days of your child being born. See Register a birth.
Information on birth certificates
Birth certificates generally don't include donor details. These details are kept on donor registers (see below). For information on adding donor details, refer to Add a parent to a birth certificate.
Birth mother's female partner
To add the birth mother's female partner to your child's birth certificate, refer to Add a parent to a birth certificate.
Your child’s birth certificate includes all ‘previous children of the relationship’. This includes those born to the mother’s female partner.
Relationships that have ended
In most cases, if you and your partner consented to donor treatment together, you're both recorded on the child’s birth certificate. This is the case even if the relationship ends.
To remove the birth parent’s female partner from your child’s birth record, you must provide a court order. Refer to Remove a parent from a birth certificate.
Information about donors and donor births is kept on donor registers. You can apply to access information on the registers if you are:
- A Victorian donor
- A donor-conceived person, or
- Their relative.
To do this, contact Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) .