Self-insemination is artificial insemination not carried out through an Assisted Reproductive Treatment (ART) clinic or by a doctor.
If your child is born in Victoria, the law requires you to register the birth within 60 days.
Who can apply?
- The birth parent, or
- Their partner/spouse (if applicable).
What you’ll need to do
To do this, go to Register a birth.
You must provide evidence about:
- the parent(s) to be named on the child's birth certificate
- the donor.
From the parent(s) to be named on the child’s birth certificate
Each parent must complete the statutory declaration for two parents, declaring that:
|One parent||The birth parent must complete the statutory declaration for one parent, declaring that the child’s birth was the result of a self-insemination procedure.|
From the donor
A donor is a person who is a donor for the purposes of a self-insemination procedure undertaken by the birth parent.
Any information provided to BDM identifying the donor is collected only for the purposes of ensuring the accuracy of the child’s birth registration. The donor’s details do not appear on the child’s birth certificate.
If you can’t provide a statutory declaration from the donor, you can provide a separate statutory declaration declaring:
- that you are unable to provide a statutory declaration from the donor and the reasons for this
- any donor details (e.g full name, date of birth) known to you.
You can also provide any other documentation proving the donor’s intention to be a donor only, and not be recognised as your child’s parent.
Birth registration and certificate
- Register the birth parent and their partner/spouse (if applicable) as the child’s parent(s) on the child’s birth registration. These parental details will appear on the child’s birth certificate. Donor details do not appear on the child’s birth certificate.
- Attach the statutory declaration/s you provided to your child’s birth registration.
Amending your child’s birth registration
If the evidence required (see above) has been provided to BDM to register the parent/s of your child under this policy, BDM will only amend the details of parent/s on your child’s birth registration if a court order can be provided. BDM can accept a court order from any Victorian state court or other court (including a court of another State or the Commonwealth).
Alternatively, an application can be made to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) for a review of the decision made by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages (the Registrar). An application must be made to VCAT within 28 days of the Registrar making their decision.
Contact details for VCAT are:
55 King Street
MELBOURNE VIC 3000
Telephone (03) 9628 9755
Fax (03) 9628 9891
For more information:
• Email firstname.lastname@example.org .