The City Fertility donor program encompasses all donated gametes (eggs and sperm) as well as donated embryos. There are legal implications that need to be understood by anyone donating or receiving gametes or embryos. Therefore, carefully read the information presented in this section.
City Fertility encourages all individuals and couples to seek independent legal advice before taking part in the donor program.
There are legal considerations that need to be understood for anyone donating or receiving donated gametes or embryos. Therefore, carefully read the information presented in this section.
City Fertility encourages all individuals/ couples to seek independent legal advice before attending the donor program.
Donor recipients are entitled to some information about the gamete donor. Upon request, City Fertility can provide details of donor’s medical history, family history and genetic test results that are relevant to the future health of the person born and the recipient of the donation and details of the physical characteristics of the gamete donor.
People conceived using donated gametes are entitled to know their genetic parents, should they want this information once they turn the age of 18. Therefore, donors must consent to release of identifying details at City Fertility.
For further information about central registers in Victoria please refer to www.varta.org.au and in NSW please refer to www.health.nsw.gov.au. Alternatively for Western Australia on www.health.wa.gov.au.
In Australia, the donation of reproductive tissue must be altruistic. It is an offence for someone to intentionally give or offer valuable consideration to another person for the supply of a human egg, human sperm or a human embryo. It is also an offence for a person to intentionally receive, or offer to receive, valuable consideration from another person for the supply of a human egg, human sperm or a human embryo. However, this does not include the reimbursement of reasonable, verifiable out-of-pocket expenses incurred by a person in connection with the supply of a human egg, human sperm or human embryo.
Legal advice is compulsory in all surrogacy cases. The intended parent(s), the surrogate and her partner (if applicable) will be required to organise separate appointments to obtain independent legal advice. The intended parent(s) and surrogate must obtain advice from separate legal advisors.
It is important to note that each state has different legislation in regard to surrogacy, so please refer to your own state Surrogacy Legislation for more information.