Review of the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 and the Surrogacy Act 2008

Review Updates

The consultation period is now closed. During this time A/Professor Allan

  • received 126 written submissions; 
  • held four public consultations in central Perth (x2), Joondalup, and Bunbury which were attended by donors, donor-conceived people, people seeking assisted reproduction and/or surrogacy, parents of children born as a result of ART/surrogacy, and other interested parties; 
  • engaged in individual in person, skype and telephone meetings with donors, donor-conceived people, people seeking assisted reproduction and/or surrogacy, parents of children born as a result of ART/surrogacy, community representatives, and more; 
  • met with clinicians, scientists, nurses, counsellors, administrators and other staff working in the field of assisted reproduction; 
  • met with regulators and health department employees; and
  • met with members of parliament to discuss issues relevant to their constituents.

From May to October A/Professor Allan will consider all submissions and results from the consultation period, conduct further research, and write a report on the review of the HRT and Surrogacy Acts. The report will be provided to the Minister for Health in around mid-October. In the meantime, pertinent issues relevant to the review are communicated to the Minister’s department, to ensure timely responses, if required.

What happens then?

Following receipt of an independent reviewer’s report the Government will read it, and subsequently table the report in parliament. The government will then prepare a response to any recommendations in the report. If the recommendations require legislative change, a Bill will be prepared for debate in parliament.

Any further updates will be posted here.

Call for submissions

An independent review of the Western Australian Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 (HRT Act) and the Surrogacy Act 2008 is being conducted by Associate Professor Sonia Allan. Submissions and comments are invited from interested parties on matters including but not limited to:
  • Access to information by donor conceived people
  • Surrogacy
  • Research on human embryos, eggs and sperm
  • Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis/screening
  • Posthumous use of sperm and eggs
  • The oversight system, data management, research, new technologies, and more.

Community Consultations

As part of phase two of the review, A/Professor Allan will be conducting in person consultations from 9-20 April 2018. She would like to meet with consumers; donors; donor-conceived people; and other interested members of the public.

Community consultation sessions are being held at.

Date Time Venue
Friday 13 April 2018 2pm to 4pm Health Consumers' Council Unit 6/40 Lord street, Perth
Saturday 14 April 2018 1pm to 3pm Joondalup Library Meeting room 1
102 Boas Avenue, Joondalup
Monday 16 April 2018 10am to 12pm Bunbury Library Small meeting room
1 Parkfield Street, Bunbury

We invite you to come along to share your experiences or views about assisted reproduction, surrogacy, donor conception, and/or related matters. No booking is necessary.

If you are unable to attend but would like to speak to A/Professor Allan in person or via telephone, please contact The Program Manager, Reproductive Technology Unit, Department of Health by e-mail HRTSR@health.wa.gov.au or by telephone (08) 9222 4334.

How to provide a submission

Submissions and comments must reach the Reproductive Technology Unit, Department of Health by 5pm  Friday 16 March 2018.

Please note submissions must be in writing (sent via email or post), include your name/ company name, and be signed and dated. Submissions should be marked ‘Confidential’ if you do not wish your name to be published. See further: Submission instructions (PDF 42KB)

Posting a submission

The Program Manager, Reproductive Technology Unit, Patient Safety & Clinical Quality Clinical Excellence Division, Department of Health
189 Royal Street
Perth, WA 6004

Emailing a submission

HRTSR@health.wa.gov.au

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