Assisted reproductive technology are treatments or procedures that address fertility. It can include artificial insemination, in-vitro fertilisation or gamete intrafallopian transfer as well as any other related treatments or procedures.
Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2007 (ART Act) regulates many of the ethical and social aspects of assisted reproductive technology. The objects of the ART Act are to:
The ART Act aims to achieve these objectives by
Under the terms of the ART Act:
Transitional arrangements apply to women who had already conceived a child using donated gametes prior to the commencement of the ART Act, or had embryos in storage that were created prior to the commencement of the ART Act using donated gametes, to enable them to complete their families without the full effect of the ART Act applying.
The ART Act and Regulation established the
Central Register to hold information about donors, and children conceived after1 January 2010 as a result of ART treatment using donated gametes (sperm and ova).
Different rules apply for people conceived prior to 1 January 2010 as a result of ART treatment using donated gametes, or people born after 1 January 2010 who fall within transitional arrangements.
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Surrogacy Act 2010 provides a framework for the Supreme Court to grant orders that transfer the full legal parentage of children from their birth parent/s to the intended parent/s under a surrogacy arrangement. The legislation sets out the requirements for the reporting of children born using a surrogate including the making of parentage orders.
Intended parents must now register information about themselves, their child and the surrogate, as well as any person who donated eggs or sperm or embryos, with the Central Register before the NSW Supreme Court will make a parentage order.
For more information refer to Surrogacy.
The NSW Government has committed $42 million over four years to improve affordability and access to IVF services across NSW.
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