The NSW Government has committed $42 million over four years to improve affordability and access to IVF services across NSW, by:
- providing a rebate of $500 for out-of-pocket expenses related to pre-IVF fertility testing, administered through Service NSW
- expanding the availability of NSW Government supported IVF clinics at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Westmead Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Women to provide lower cost IVF treatments for around 6,000 women over four years
- establishing the first state-wide fertility preservation service for cancer patients at The Royal Hospital for Women, in partnership with the University of NSW.
Pre-IVF Fertility Testing Rebate
If you are undergoing pre-IVF fertility testing and have related out-of-pocket expenses you can receive $500 to help on your journey to becoming a parent, through claiming a rebate.
Current residents of NSW are eligible for the rebate once a Specialist confirms they have a fertility issue and have out-of-pocket expenses related to fertility testing. The test(s) need to have occurred from 1 October 2019.
Fertility testing includes tests for women and men; however, only women can lodge the claim through Service NSW for the rebate. A woman can only receive the rebate once. The fertility testing receipt you provide when claiming the rebate must show the out-of-pocket cost incurred.
A fertility issue is defined as when:
- a woman, following regular unprotected sex, (i) who is under 35 years of age has not conceived in 12 months or longer, or (ii) who is 35 years of age or over has not conceived in 6 months or longer; and
the above woman, (ii) her partner and/or (iii) gamete donor requires assessment for infertility.
NSW residents can claim the rebate regardless of where in Australia they received the fertility test. Both GPs and Specialists can order tests but only Specialists can confirm eligibility for the rebate.
How it works
Print the Pre-IVF Fertility Testing Rebate Form
To be eligible for the rebate, you must have incurred out-of-pocket expenses from 1 October 2019 for one or more of the following:
- Pelvic ultrasound
- Ovulation test
- Semen analysis.
The Pre-IVF Fertility Testing Rebate Form must be signed by your Specialist as well as you before it is lodged with Service NSW, together with one receipt. If the receipt you provide as evidence of out-of-pocket costs is for fertility tests your partner or gamete donor received then they must also sign the form.
To claim the rebate:
What if I need help lodging my claim?
Call Service NSW on 13 77 88 between 7am and 7pm
What about my privacy?
The NSW Government will manage rebate records, including the Pre-IVF Fertility Testing Rebate Form and related attachments, in accordance with NSW privacy laws, including the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002. This is outlined in the Pre-IVF Fertility Testing Rebate Privacy Statements.
More information on how your personal information is managed can be found at: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/pages/privacy.aspx
Lower cost IVF treatment
IVF treatment can be expensive, as well as difficult emotionally.
The NSW Government is investing $13.8 million over 4 years to expand the availability of lower cost IVF treatment at three high-quality, publicly supported IVF clinics. As a result around 6,000 women will be able to access lower cost IVF treatment between January 2020 and June 2023.
These publicly supported IVF clinics are the Fertility Unit at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, the Westmead Fertility Centre linked with Westmead Hospital and the Fertility and Research Centre at the Royal Hospital for Women.
New patients can access lower cost IVF treatment from January 2020, when clinically appropriate.
Medicare rebates remain available to patients to further reduce the cost of IVF. For further information about what Medicare offers visit the Department of Human Services website Medicare services conceiving pregnancy and birth.
Fertility Preservation Service
The risk of infertility is a concern for many younger people facing cancer treatment.
The Fertility and Research Centre at The Royal Hospital for Women, in partnership with the University of NSW, is providing the first dedicated state-wide fertility preservation service for younger cancer patients.
Previously the Fertility and Research Centre at the Royal Hospital for Women only offered freezing and storage of sperm and ovarian tissue for a limited number of newly diagnosed cancer patients.
The NSW Government investment of $1.32 million over three years expands this service to include freezing of eggs or embryos when clinically indicated for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and opens up the clinic for state-wide patient referrals.
Younger cancer patients now have a designated service that can freeze and store their sperm, ovarian tissue, eggs or embryos before they undergo chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Some other fertility centres in NSW provide fertility preservation at a reduced cost for cancer patients.
If you have been recently diagnosed with cancer, you can discuss with your treating clinician whether you should be referred for fertility preservation. This may include a referral to the Royal Hospital for Women, Fertility and Research Centre or another service of your choice.
What about patients in rural and regional NSW?
All parts of this commitment to improve affordability and access to IVF services can be accessed by anyone who is eligible, regardless of where they live.
If you are based in a regional or remote location, you also may be eligible for assistance for specialist treatment under the Isolated Patient Travel and Accommodation Scheme (IPTAAS). For more information, visit Isolated Patients Travel and Accommodation Assistance Scheme (IPTAAS)
Where can I go for further information?