All Australian states and territories now recognise that donor conceived people are entitled to information about their genetic parents in Australia.
Donors must now consent to the recording and release of identifying and non-identifying information when they donate.
The information will be held by clinics, and reported to any register that exists in the state in which the sperm, eggs or embryos are used. Identifying information will be released to a donor-conceived person when they reach the legal age for asking for such information in their state (or earlier with the donor’s and recipient parent’s consent).
Non-identifying information about the donor may be released to recipients. This may include past medical and family history, details of physical characteristics, other characteristics as available, and information about the number of people conceived using the gametes of the donor.
Donors are also entitled to some information about the offspring born. On request, clinics can provide non identifying information about live births, gender of the child, number of the children and any abnormalities.
Donors who donated in the past are encouraged to place their information on voluntary registers, and or contact the clinic at which they donated to give consent to sharing information with donor-conceived people. A significant number of donors have already registered on such registers, seeking to exchange information with the offspring that were born as a result of their donation.
For more information regarding laws and guidelines in each state concerning information release see the Health Law Central page on Access to Information.