Who can have IVF in Australia

There are laws and regulations governing IVF in many Australian states relating to who can access IVF treatment, what kinds of records clinics need to keep, what clinics need to do to make sure that couples can make an informed decision, how long eggs/sperm/embryos can be frozen, the rules for donation of eggs/sperm/embryos and other matters.

These laws and regulations change from time to time and vary between the states. For example, in the past only legally married heterosexual couples were able to access IVF in some states, but today married and de facto couples can access IVF in all states and in some states same-sex couples and single women are also eligible for IVF. In addition, some states require identifying information about egg/sperm/embryo donors and recipients to

be kept in central registers so that when donor-conceived children grow up they can find out who their genetic parents are, while in other states such information-keeping is up to the individual clinics.

I explain the legal and regulatory aspects of IVF in Chapter 4 and in Chapter 13 I outline the laws and regulations governing donor conception.

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