If you have donated sperm, eggs or embryos since 1 January 2010 you do not have to take any action to ensure that your information is recorded on the Central Register. ART Providers will have already collected the required mandatory information from you when you donated your sperm, eggs or embryos and provided your information to the NSW Ministry of Health for inclusion on the Central Register following the birth of each offspring conceived from your donation..
Any person who was conceived from your sperm, eggs or embryos and who is over the age of 18 years can apply for identifying information about you. The earliest this can occur is 2028. In the interim, parents of a donor conceived child can apply for non-identifying information.
If you donated after 1 January 2010, or if your previously donated sperm, eggs and embryos were used after 1 January 2010, the ART Provider would have collected the following mandatory information from you for inclusion on the Central Register:
Once any donor conceived offspring have turned 18 years of age (i.e. in 2028), they can apply to the Central Register for any or all of the above identifying information.
Any person born as a result of donated sperm, eggs or embryos after 1 January 2010, can apply to access identifying information about their donor once they have turned 18 years of age (i.e. in 2028).
Parents of donor conceived individuals can apply to have access to non-identifying information about their child's donor. In addition, parents of a child born as a result of sperm, eggs or embryos donated after 1 January 2010, can seek to access identifying information prior to the child turning 18 years of age in the event of a medical emergency or life threatening situation. Should such a situation occur parents of those children can apply to the Secretary of the NSW Ministry of Health for assistance in obtaining the necessary information about their child’s donor.
All mandatory information must remain on the Central Register and cannot be removed.
Where the donation resulted in offspring conceived after 1 January 2010, mandatory non identifying information held by the NSW Ministry of Health on the Central Register can be provided as prescribed by law, currently the sex and year of birth of each offspring.
Identifying information can be provided to parents of children who are donor conceived after 1 January 2010 without consent but only in special circumstances.
Before registering or applying for information NSW Health strongly recommends that you discuss this matter with a counsellor.
To register or apply, download and complete the application form and send the completed form to the NSW Ministry of Health together with 100 points of identification.
When an authenticated match has been made between donor and offspring/other offspring, the NSW Ministry of Health will notify you via Registered Post that a match has been made. To ensure you are able to receive the result in a supported way, you will also receive information about how to access the relevant ART provider and counselling.
See The Central Register and the list of Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for further information about the Central Register, mandatory information and the process that the NSW Ministry of Health and NSW ART providers undertake in order to facilitate the exchange of information.
Information for donors on the Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2007
DirectorRegulation and Compliance UnitNSW Ministry of HealthLocked Mail Bag 2030St Leonards NSW 1590
(02) 9424 5955