Parents are legally obliged to provide information about their children’s donor origins to the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages.
A guiding principle of Victorian law is that children conceived through donation and surrogacy in Victoria have the right to know their donor origins.
Historically, parents in rainbow families have tended to be much more open about their children’s donor origins than heterosexual parents. After all, same-sex couples and sole parents clearly require some assistance to conceive their children!
The Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (BDM) is responsible for managing information about children’s births and their donor information. For children conceived using Victorian fertility services, BDM receives their donor information from the treating doctor or clinic. Those who conceive via home insemination, for example, must give BDM this information themselves — the parents through the Birth Registration Statement and the donor through a letter. See the Donor information and registers for more about what is required, and who can have access to donor information.
If your children were conceived outside a clinic before the ART Act came into effect on 1 January 2010, you are legally obliged to provide information about their donor origins to BDM. If you have not previously done so, you should do so now. Please refer to Donor information and registers, about how donor information is lodged, stored, managed and released.