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

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 with terms of reference covering such matters as:

  • 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.

Review updates

Consultation phase

January – March 2018: Written submissions were invited from interested parties.

January – July 2018: Individual meetings with members of the public, professionals, clinics, regulators were conducted.

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 assisted reproductive technology (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
  • met with members of parliament to discuss issues relevant to their constituents.

The consultation period is now closed.

Analysis and report writing

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.

Contact

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

Email: HRTSR@health.wa.gov.au

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