On 6 April 2018 the Minister for Health announced the appointment of Mr Michael Gorton AM to undertake a 12 month review of the Victorian regulatory framework for assisted reproductive treatment.

In announcing the review, the Minister acknowledged that since the last review of laws governing assisted reproductive treatment in 2007, technology, community attitudes and supply and demand for treatment have evolved significantly.

Some of the issues to be considered by the review relate to whether:

  • There are adequate safeguards to protect consumers using or intending to use assisted reproductive treatment services
  • The regulatory framework remains appropriate within an evolving market for assisted reproductive treatment
  • The evolving market and regulatory framework have implications for access and affordability of assisted reproductive treatment services
  • The framework creates or enablers unnecessary barriers to access for LGBTI people
  • There are adequate protections against discrimination for people seeking treatment on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, race or religion.

The review will be informed by a public consultation process.

Consultation paper released

A consultation paper has been developed to help shape this consultation. You can access the consultation paper from health.vic's publications library, or via the Engage Victoria website.

The paper seeks the views of anyone with ideas, knowledge or experience relevant to the review. We want to hear about issues related to access to and the delivery of services, and how the current regulatory framework for assisted reproductive treatment can be improved.

Consultation process

A consultation paper was released on 22 August 2018 to guide the consultation. The consultation paper was distributed broadly to service providers, relevant peak bodies, academics, professional groups, consumer organisations, advocates and regulators. Direct emails were sent by the Review team to key stakeholders and the assistance of services and peak bodies was sought to ensure even broader distribution. The consultation paper was also made available to the general public on this website and the Engage Victoria website.

The consultation period was open from 22 August to 24 September 2018. Stakeholders were invited to provide a formal response to any, or all, of the questions posed in the consultation paper and/or to complete a short survey on the Engage Victoria website. 

Forty written submissions were received in response to the consultation paper, released in August 2018, and there were 191 responses to the survey. 

Additionally, the Review held approximately 40 meetings involving more than 120 stakeholders between July and September 2018.

Further targeted consultations will be held in the lead up to the final report. 

Interim Report released

The consultation feedback received to date has informed the Interim Report. 

Stakeholder feedback given touched on many facets of the key issues identified in the Review’s terms of reference, including: discrimination, access, affordability, the adequacy of safeguards, and the appropriateness of the regulatory framework.

The Interim Report presents preliminary findings in relation to a number of key policy areas.

In some cases, it has been possible to make clear recommendations at this early stage, while in others the Report presents issues that require further exploration before a recommended response can be proposed. 

Where possible, the Interim Report flags likely directions and/or areas where further targeted consultation will be undertaken over coming months to test ideas with the community or gather further intelligence in order to identify a way forward. 

You can access the Interim Report via the health.vic publication or the Engage Victoria website.

Terms of reference for the review

For more information, visit the review's terms of reference page.

Ministerial announcement

Read the Minister’s press release announcing the review via the Premier's website.

Contact us

If you are interested in the review of assisted reproductive treatment, please email your name and contact details to: art.review@dhhs.vic.gov.au.