Inquiry into Access by Donor-Conceived People to Information About Donors

Report and Response

Interim Report

The Inquiry into Access by Donor-Conceived People to Information About Donors is the continuation of an Inquiry begun by the Law Reform Committee in the 56th Parliament. The Committee tabled an pdf Interim Report (PDF 967.74 Kb) on 15 September 2010, recommending that the Committee continue its inquiry in the 57th Parliament.

Final Report

On 28 March 2012, the Law Reform Committee tabled its report on the Inquiry into Access by Donor-Conceived People to Information about Donors. The report is pdf available for download as a PDF file. 2.09 Mb

Cover of final report

During the course of the Inquiry, the Committee received 77 written submissions, and convened public hearings with 51 witnesses. The report is the culmination of evidence presented to the Committee.

Among the 30 recommendations made in the report is the key recommendation that the Victorian Government introduce legislation to allow all donor-conceived people to obtain identifying information about their donors. To ensure that donors are not unreasonably affected by the release of identifying information about them, the report also recommends that donors have the option of placing a contact veto if they do not wish to be contacted.

Media Release

The Chair of the Committee, Mr Clem-Newton Brown MP, issued a pdf media release on 28 March 2012 34.92 Kb.

Interim Government Response

An pdf Interim Government Response to the report - pdf 63.03 Kb was tabled in Parliament on 11 October 2012.

Government Response

The Government response was tabled in Parliament on 20 August 2013.  pdf Government Response (PDF, 149.86 Kb)

Content and News

The Inquiry into Access by Donor-Conceived People to Information about Donors is the continuation of an Inquiry begun by the Law Reform Committee in the 56th Parliament. The Committee tabled an pdf Interim Report 967.74 Kb on 15 September 2010, recommending that the Committee continue its inquiry in the 57th Parliament. The Committee received Terms of Reference for this Inquiry on 10 February 2011.

Final report

The Law Reform Committee tabled its final report for the Inquiry into Access by Donor-Conceived People to Information about Donors on Wednesday 28 March 2012. The report is pdf available for download as a pdf file 2.09 Mb. More information about the report, as well as a media release issued by the Chair, can be found under the Report and Response tab.

Interim Government Response

An pdf Interim Government Response to the report - pdf 63.03 Kb was tabled in Parliament on 11 October 2012.

Public hearings

The Law Reform Committee held six public hearings for the Inquiry into access by donor-conceived people to information about donors. A list of witnesses and transcripts from the hearings are available from the Hearings and Transcripts tab.

Submissions

The Committee has accepted a number of submissions to the Inquiry. All public submissions can be downloaded from the Submissions tab.

Terms of Reference

Received from the Legislative Assembly on 10 February 2011

That under s 33 the Parliamentary Committees Act 2003, the Law Reform Committee is required to inquire into, consider and report no later than 30 June 2012 on donor-conceived persons and, further to the interim report of the Law Reform Committee of the 56th Parliament, the Committee is asked to consider:

  1. the legal, practical and other issues that would arise if all donor-conceived people were given access to identifying information about their donors and their donor-conceived siblings, regardless of the date that the donation was made;
  2. the relevance of a donor's consent or otherwise to the release of identifying information and the National Health and Medical Research Council's ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research;
  3. any practical difficulties in releasing information about donors who provided their gametes before 1 July 1988, because in many cases records are not available either because the procedure was carried out privately or records were not stored centrally;
  4. the options for implementing any changes to the current arrangements, including nonlegislative options;
  5. the impact that any such changes may have on the donor, the donor-conceived person and future donor programs;
  6. the impacts of the transfer of the donor registers currently held by the Infertility Treatment Authority to the registrar of births, deaths and marriages; and
  7. the possible implications under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.

 

pdf Download the PDF version of the above Terms of Reference here 197.11 Kb

 

Submissions

The Law Reform Committee tabled its final report for this Inquiry on 28 March 2012. No further submissions will be accepted.

The Inquiry into Access by Donor-Conceived People to Information About Donors is the continuation of an Inquiry begun by the Law Reform Committee in the 56th Parliament. Submissions have been received in the 56th Parliament (in 2010) and in the 57th Parliament (in 2011).

The following submissions have been accepted by the Committee:

Submissions received in the 56th Parliament (2010)

  1. pdf Name withheld, 20 July 2010 - pdf 56.57 Kb
  2. pdf Name withheld, 28 July 2010 - pdf 108.70 Kb
  3. pdf Ms Lauren Burns, 29 July 2010 - pdf 1.54 Mb
    pdf Ms Lauren Burns – supplementary submission, 6 August 2010 - pdf 904.71 Kb
  4. pdf Mr Damian Adams, 30 July 2010 - pdf 945.22 Kb
  5. pdf Dr Sonia Allan, 2 August 2010 - pdf 1.10 Mb
  6. pdf Name withheld, 3 August 2010 - pdf 899.09 Kb
  7. pdf Ms Shelley Sandow, 3 August 2010 - pdf 920.89 Kb
  8. pdf VANISH Inc, 3 August 2010 - pdf 936.44 Kb
  9. pdf Ms Barbara Burns, 3 August 2010 - pdf 913.77 Kb
  10. pdf Donor Conception Support Group of Australia, 4 August 2010 - pdf 1.74 Mb
  11. pdf Name withheld, 4 August 2010 - pdf 49.22 Kb
  12. pdf Ms Myfanwy Cummerford, 4 August 2010 - pdf 965.41 Kb
  13. pdf Name withheld (resubmitted in 2011 as submission 47), 5 August 2010 - 170.40 Kb
  14. pdf Ms Susan Hurst, 5 August 2010 - pdf 962.74 Kb
  15. Anonymous (confidential), 30 July 2010
  16. pdf Ms Helen Kane, 6 August 2010 - pdf 945.50 Kb
  17. pdf Rainbow Families Council, 6 August 2010 - pdf 955.63 Kb
  18. pdf Ms Narelle Grace Grech, 6 August 2010 - pdf 3.21 Mb
  19. pdf Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority, 6 August 2010 - pdf 1003.29 Kb
  20. pdf Ms Kimberley Springfield, 6 August 2010 - pdf 1012.06 Kb
  21. pdf TangledWebs Inc, 6 August 2010 - pdf 1.40 Mb
  22. pdf Victorian Infertility Counsellors Group, 6 August 2010 - pdf 941.96 Kb
  23. pdf Dr Damien W. Riggs, 6 August 2010 - pdf 1.01 Mb
  24. pdf Mr Paul Ruff, 6 August 2010 - 31.46 Kb
  25. pdf Ms Romana Rossi, 6 August 2010 - pdf 1.02 Mb
  26. pdf Monash IVF, 6 August 2010 - pdf 2.79 Mb
  27. pdf Public Interest Law Clearing House, 6 August 2010 - pdf 1.04 Mb
  28. pdf Ms Sarah Nichols, 6 August 2010 - pdf 900.05 Kb
  29. pdf Name withheld, 9 August 2010 - 217.49 Kb
  30. pdf Name withheld, 9 August 2010 - 288.61 Kb
  31. pdf Ms Christine Whipp, 9 August 2010 - pdf 904.97 Kb
  32. pdf Melbourne IVF (resubmitted in 2011 as submission 59), 9 August 2010 - pdf 1.03 Mb
  33. pdf Ms Kate Dobby, 10 August 2010 - pdf 1.33 Mb
  34. pdf Name withheld, 11 August 2010 - 460.89 Kb
  35. pdf Ms Kate Bourne, 11 August 2010 - pdf 1.00 Mb
  36. Name withheld (confidential), 17 August 2010

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Submissions received in the 57th Parliament (2011)

  1. pdf Dr Sonia Allan, 18 July 2011 - 4.70 Mb
  2. pdf Professor Agnes Bankier, 25 July 2011 - 34.24 Kb
  3. pdf Donor Conception Support Group of Australia Inc, 26 July 2011 - 92.77 Kb
  4. pdf Professor Gab Kovacs, 3 August 2011 - 306.26 Kb
  5. pdf Ms Merrilyn Mannerheim and Ms Jo Moffat, 4 August 2011 - 19.75 Kb
  6. pdf Name withheld, 8 August 2011 - 24.12 Kb
  7. pdf Professor Eric Blyth, 8 August 2011 - 147.96 Kb
  8. pdf Mr Gordon Ley, 8 August 2011 - 243.13 Kb
  9. pdf Associate Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini, 9 August 2011 - 133.26 Kb
  10. pdf Ms Helen Kane, 9 August 2011 - 94.73 Kb
  11. pdf Name withheld (previously submitted in 2010 as Submission 13), 10 August 2011 - 168.91 Kb
  12. pdf National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), 10 August 2011 - 132.29 Kb
  13. pdf TangledWebs Inc, 10 August 2011 - 62.97 Kb
  14. pdf Ms Kimberley Turner (Springfield), 11 August 2011 - 107.36 Kb
  15. pdf Ms Barbara Burns, 11 August 2011 - 77.22 Kb
  16. pdf Murdoch Children's Research Institute, 11 August 2011 - 249.93 Kb
  17. pdf Ms Myfanwy Cummerford, 11 August 2011 - 122.37 Kb
  18. pdf Professor David de Kretser, 11 August 2011 - 57.53 Kb
  19. pdf Mr Ian Smith, 11 August 2011 - 44.09 Kb
  20. pdf Australian Christian Lobby, 12 August 2011 - 173.69 Kb
  21. pdf Ms Romana Rossi, 12 August 2011 - 110.76 Kb
  22. pdf Office of the Victorian Privacy Commissioner, 12 August 2011 - 2.09 Mb
  23. pdf Melbourne IVF (previously submitted in 2010 as submission 32), 12 August 2011 - 173.27 Kb
  24. pdf Name withheld, 12 August 2011 - 24.02 Kb
  25. pdf VANISH Inc, 12 August 2011 - 68.04 Kb
  26. pdf Public Interest Law Clearing House, 12 August 2011 - 139.78 Kb
    pdf Public Interest Law Clearing House - supplementary submission, 14 September 2011 - 91.46 Kb
  27. pdf Ms Lauren Burns, 12 August 2011 - 2.72 Mb
  28. pdf Victorian Infertility Counsellors Group, 12 August 2011 - 65.86 Kb
  29. pdf Reproductive Technology Council Western Australia, 12 August 2011 - 31.96 Kb
  30. pdf Fertility Society of Australia, 12 August 2011 - 111.65 Kb
  31. pdf Ms Narelle Grech, 15 August 2011 24.74 Kb
  32. pdf Australian Family Association, 15 August 2011 - 154.15 Kb
  33. Anonymous (confidential), 16 August 2011
  34. pdf Ad Hoc Interfaith Committee, 16 August 2011 - 126.36 Kb
  35. pdf Australian Medical Association (AMA) (Victoria), 18 August 2011 - 1005.55 Kb
  36. pdf Institute for Judaism and Civilization Inc, 19 August 2011 - 89.45 Kb
  37. pdf Miss Maria Ann Kolovrat, 8 August 2011 -  739.67 Kb
  38. pdf Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, 1 September 2011 - 2.14 Mb
  39. pdf Professor Ken Daniels, 9 September 2011 - 26.41 Kb
  40. pdf Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority, 12 August 2011 - 61.34 Kb
  41. pdf Ms Amy Corderoy, 26 October 2011 - 29.06 Kb

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