Review of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act (2008)

Update July 16, 2018

In April the Minister for Health announced a review of the ART Act. On July 9, 2018 the Terms of Reference were released with an invitation for Rainbow Families Victoria to participate in the public consultation process. Once dates are confirmed we will be seeking community members to attend the consultation with us to share your experiences.  The Terms of Reference are broad but do not cover some key issue such as the provision of counselling or altruistic surrogacy however we will be seeking your views on these, and other important issues as part of our response.

The purpose of the review is as follows: To review Victoria’s regulatory framework for assisted reproductive treatment to assess if it creates or enables unnecessary barriers to access, particularly in light of the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017 (Cth), if consumers have access to adequate information to facilitate informed choices, and if the regulatory framework remains appropriate given the changing nature of the market.

Terms of Reference:

To conduct a concise review into Victoria’s assisted reproductive treatment regulatory framework to assess, report on, and present any findings, recommendations or options to Government in relation to the matters specified below.
• Whether the framework creates or enables unnecessary barriers to access for LGBTI people, particularly in light of the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Act 2017.
• Whether in the context of the recent Australian Competition and Consumer Commission investigation into claims of ‘success rates’ by IVF clinics in 2016, the regulatory framework for assisted reproductive treatment contains adequate safeguards to protect consumers using or intending to use assisted reproductive treatment services in Victoria.
• If the framework remains appropriate in the context of the evolving market for assisted reproductive treatment, in particular in relation to changing drivers for demand and the corporatisation of market providers.
• Whether the evolving market and regulatory framework has implications for access and affordability of assisted reproductive treatment services.
• Any other matter reasonably considered incidental to these above matters.

You can read the information sheet here: Assisted reproductive treatment review – terms of reference FINAL 

State Budget 2018 – May 1, 2018

Proud and strong: more support for LGBTI Victorians

Victorian LGBTI Taskforce

The Victoria state government created Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse and Intersex (LGBTI) Taskforce was established in 2015 to provide advice to the Minister for Equality. The role of the Taskforce is also to identify government priorities and ensure policy, programs and services are inclusive of LGBTI communities.

Taskforce Working Groups

The LGBTI Taskforce is supported in its work by two working groups.

The Health and Human Services Working Group advises the taskforce on issues relating to ageing and aged care, alcohol and drugs, child and family services, disability services, families, health services, housing, homelessness, mental health, multicultural issues, public health and health promotion, and youth justice.

The Health and Human Services Working Group is co-chaired by Gabrielle Williams MP and Ruth McNair. In this term the community members are: Jax Jacki Brown, Craig Comrie, Keri Alexander, Karen Field, Rebecca Dominguez, Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Simon Ruth, Jacqui Tomlins, Asiel Adan Sanchez, Tori Berquist, Minto Felix and Jeremy Wiggins.

You can read the Health & Human Services  information here.

The Justice Working Group advises the taskforce on issues relating to civil law, criminal law, youth justice, safer communities, policing and corrections.

The Justice Working Group is co-chaired by Harriet Shing MP and Anna Brown. In this term the community members are: Liana Buchanan, Paul Kidd, Felicity Marlowe, Janet Jukes, Elizabeth Bennett, Lee Carnie, Aimee Cooper, Maree Foelz, Kochava Lilit, Mill O’Sullivan and James Roffee.

You can read the Justice Working Group

 

February 2018 communique

For more information and current communiques please visit:

https://www.vic.gov.au/equality/lgbti-taskforce.html