Western Australia

Independent review of assisted reproductive technology and surrogacy legislation

The WA Government announced an independent review of the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 (HRT) and the Surrogacy Act 2008.

There is considerable public interest in assisted reproductive technology (ART) and surrogacy as about one in six couples have difficulty in conceiving a baby; about four per cent of births in Australia occur through assisted reproductive technology.

There have been significant developments in technology and changes in community attitudes to ART and surrogacy.

The relevant Western Australian laws are out of step with other Australian States and Territories.

The review will provide a strong foundation for updating the regulation of ART and surrogacy.

The terms of reference provide an opportunity for a wide range of complex scientific, ethical and legal issues to be considered in today’s society.

The review will be undertaken by Associate Professor Sonia Allan, a highly regarded legal academic, who recently completed a review of similar legislation in South Australia.

The closing date for written submissions is 5pm, Friday March 16, 2018. This will be followed by a period of consultation and forums.

Source: WA Government