Inquiry into Access by Donor-Conceived People to Information About Donors (Interim Report, 56th Parliament)

Terms of Reference

Further inquiry and final report

The Law Reform Committee received terms of reference to continue the Inquiry into access by donor-conceived people to information about donors in the 57th Parliament. On 28 March 2012 the Law Reform Committee tabled its final report for this inquiry. Find out more about the report and download a copy.

Terms of reference

Referred by the Legislative Council on 23 June 2010.

To inquire into, consider, and provide an interim report by September 2010 and a final report by 2011 on --

  1. the legal, practical and other issues that would arise if all donor-conceived people were given access to identifying information about their donors and their donor-conceived siblings, regardless of the date that the donation was made;
  2. the relevance of a donor's consent or otherwise to the release of identifying information and the National Health and Medical Research Council's ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research;
  3. any practical difficulties in releasing information about donors who provided their gametes before 1 July 1988, because in many cases records are not available either because the procedure was carried out privately or records were not stored centrally;
  4. the options for implementing any changes to the current arrangements, including non-legislative options;
  5. the impact that any such changes may have on the donor, the donor-conceived person and future donor programs;
  6. the impacts of the transfer of the donor registers currently held by the Infertility Treatment Authority to the registrar of births, deaths and marriages; and
  7. the possible implications under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 March 2012