Surrogacy refers to an arrangement whereby a woman (the surrogate) agrees to conceive, carry and birth a child for others (the commissioning or intended parent/s) to raise. A surrogate can assist individuals (single) or couples in their attempt to become parents.
There are two main types of surrogacy: traditional and gestational.
The egg donor can be a known donor or a clinic-recruited donor (unknown donor). Individuals
or couples who are considering gestational surrogacy will have to determine which type of egg donor is right for them. For more information visit our page Using an Egg Donor
Surrogacy is a highly complex process. There are some important steps to follow to ensure that all parties involved make an informed decision. These include extensive counselling, psychological assessment, independent legal advice, consenting process and screenings for donors and surrogate. All of these steps need to be completed before treatment begins.
A surrogacy ethics committee will need to review and approve surrogacy cases before they can begin. The committee is made up of fertility specialists, fertility coordinators, scientists, national managers and counsellors from the clinic. In Victoria, all surrogacy cases will also have to be approved by a Patient Review Panel (http://www.health.vic.gov.au/).
The process of surrogacy generally follows these stages:
For detailed information about these stages visit our page: Steps to Building a Family with us
Before going ahead with fertility treatment, please consider that each state has different legislation in regard to surrogacy, for example:
Therefore, we encourage you to refer to your own state Surrogacy Act for more information.
In Australia, surrogacy must be altruistic; commercial surrogacy is illegal.
All Surrogacy Acts prohibit any advertising to be undertaken by the commissioning couple or agent of the commissioning couple for the services of a surrogate. We cannot advertise or assist you directly in advertising to attract potential surrogates. Commissioning or intended parent(s) must find the surrogate themselves.
To help guide people through the process of finding a surrogate within Australia please refer to the brochure provided by VARTA https://www.varta.org.au/resources/brochure/finding-surrogate. It includes material on what makes an ideal surrogate, asking someone you know, finding a surrogate you don’t know, and possible questions to ask a potential surrogate. It can be used as a guide to ensure that all parties are informed and prepared and that there’s a positive outcome for all.
The costs will vary between patients depending on their particular case and the level of treatment required. The costs will consist of your lawyer’s fees, clinic’s fees and any cost your surrogate and egg donor may incur as a direct consequence of entering into the surrogacy arrangement.
If you have any questions regarding treatment fees, Medicare and Private Health rebates, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly patient services team. Call: 1300 222 623 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For general information about treatment fees, please visit our Treatment Costs page.
At Rainbow Fertility, our specialists have extensive experience in helping create LGBTI+ families. Feel free to contact our friendly team to learn more about the fertility treatment options available to you.