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The NSW Government has committed $80 million over 4 years (2022-23 – 2025-26) to increase access to affordable fertility treatments under the NSW Affordable IVF Initiative. The fertility package will extend rebates for pre-IVF fertility testing, introduce a new rebate for fertility treatment, increase the number of fertility treatment places in publicly supported clinics and increase fertility preservation services for patients with cancer or other medical needs.

The new $2,000 fertility treatment rebate will open 1 January 2023. Women who have undergone an eligible procedure from 1 October 2022 will be able to submit a claim when the rebate scheme opens.

This builds on the NSW Government's 2019 investment of $42 million over four years. This will 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. To claim, you must have incurred out-of-pocket expenses from 1 October 2019 for one or more of the following examinations for the purpose of pre-IVF fertility testing:

  • Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) test
  • pelvic ultrasound
  • ovulation test
  • semen analysis.

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.

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 receipt you provide when claiming the rebate must show the out-of-pocket cost incurred and the eligible test.

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.

Please note that from 1 January 2023 this rebate will reduce from $500 to $250 in line with current out-of-pocket costs for pre-IVF fertility testing.

How to claim the rebate

Before you apply, ask your fertility specialist to:

You must provide one receipt of an eligible test as proof of your expenses.

To claim the rebate:

  • Visit the Service NSW NSW Pre-IVF Fertility Testing Rebate page and click Apply Online
  • Log in to your MyServiceNSW account, or create an account if you do not have one
  • Upload the signed Pre-IVF Fertility Testing Rebate Form and one receipt for fertility testing

If your application is approved, the rebate will be transferred into your nominated bank account within 28 working days. For information on the status or outcome of your claim, contact Service NSW on 137 788.

What if my specialist is located outside NSW?

NSW residents can claim the rebate regardless of where their Specialist is based. However, if your specialist is located outside NSW they may not be on Service NSW's specialist list in the online application. If this happens, please send your specialist’s name, location of practice and Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (Ahpra) registration number to ivfrebate@service.nsw.gov.au. Service NSW will verify your provider and add them to the specialist list if eligible.

What if I need help lodging my claim?

Service NSW outlines how to apply for the rebate You can also call Service NSW on 13 77 88 between 7am and 7pm.

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. It is estimated that around 150 patients a year will be given the hope of having a family after cancer treatment.

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?

Current as at: Monday 30 May 2022
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