Victoria's new donor conception laws came into effect on 1 March. The key elements of the legislation include:
- all people conceived in Victoria from donor eggs or sperm have a right to know their donor's identity
- pre-1998 donors and donor-conceived people have the right to determine how or if they wish to have contact with those with whom they are linked
- The central and voluntary donor conception registers are now managed by VARTA.
For more information about the laws and VARTA's new responsibilities visit the VARTA website
Advertising campaign launched
As part of its public education initiative to inform people about changes to the donor conception laws, VARTA ran an advertising campaign in print, digital and social media (see image right). The advertisement has proved effective in initiating conversation - it was the motivation behind a segment on Triple M Melbourne on 28 February - and in encouraging people to come to VARTA for information and support.
VARTA has restructured and update its website
to reflect the new Victorian donor conception laws and the Authority's expanded responsibilities, including those offered by VARTA's Donor Conception Register Services
New VARTA publications
VARTA has produced a new brochure entitled Donor Conception Register Services
(see image right) which outlines the expanded role and responsibilities of VARTA's information and support services. Revised editions of Thinking of donating sperm, eggs or embryos?
and Thinking of using donor sperm, eggs or embryos?
have also been produced.
VARTA has produced numerous new information sheets
for people making applications to the donor conceptions registers and those who are the subject of applications. Other related publications have been produced, including the new Talking about your donation
information sheet which provides information on how best to have a conversation with family and friends about being a sperm, egg or embryo donor.
There was significant media interest in the changing donor conception laws. Coverage included:
Channel 10 News
, Channel 7 News
and Win News Gippsland
as well as the Project
Extensive coverage throughout the day on ABC 774
as well as segments on ABC News Radio
, ABC Ballarat, ABC Perth
, Triple M Breakfast
, Triple J Hack
, The Wire
, and 2SER
Print and digital media
The story was covered several times by The Age
(including an editorial
). It also appeared in the Conversation
, the Herald Sun
and is expected to appear shortly in the New Scientist.