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Surrogacy in Australia – an Overview

By |2019-06-21T01:27:05+00:00January 18th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy process|

Surrogacy within Australia is regulated in each State, which means there are no uniform laws that cover surrogacy across the country. Surrogacy laws in all States follow the same basic principles: The Intended Parents must not be able to either [...]

Do I Qualify for Surrogacy in Australia?

By |2019-06-11T04:38:42+00:00April 26th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, Australian Capital Territory, blog, infertility, Northern Territory, NSW, Queensland, South Australia, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, Tasmania, Victoria, WA|

Do I qualify for surrogacy in Australia? The first step when determining whether, as an intended parent, you qualify for surrogacy in Australia, is to work out which laws apply to you. The laws of the State where the intended [...]

How Do I Find a Surrogate in Australia?

By |2019-06-24T07:12:18+00:00May 18th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, find a surrogate, surrogacy process|

How do I find a surrogate in Australia? So you've decided to explore surrogacy as an option to grow your family. You've done some google searches and are finding the information-overload a bit overwhelming. Rest assured, you're not alone and [...]

Do Surrogates Get Paid in Australia?

By |2019-06-11T04:39:13+00:00November 11th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, costs of surrogacy, surrogacy|

The number one question that every surrogate is asked is "how much do you get paid?" And whilst we expect the question, and can even understand why someone may ask, the question itself can hurt, and undermine the altruism of [...]

When Surrogacy Isn’t Really Surrogacy

By |2019-07-04T11:20:04+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, traditional surrogacy|

The law surrounding children, adoption, parentage and surrogacy is complex. There are several legislative instruments that cover children, and the Family Law Act dedicates almost 200 pages to clauses regarding children’s issues. There’s also many cases that provide some insight [...]

Why Aren’t Surrogacy Agreements Enforceable?

By |2019-07-02T10:06:08+00:00June 28th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, written agreements|

Somewhere in the Top 10 Questions about Surrogacy is: Why aren’t surrogacy agreements enforceable? The answer is both simple and complex, and comes back to two primary concepts. Firstly, the rights and best interests of the child are paramount. You [...]

Altruistic Surrogacy: How Much Does it Cost?

By |2019-06-11T04:31:23+00:00April 14th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, costs of surrogacy, surrogacy process|

Intended parents are always keen to know how much surrogacy will cost them. There are so many variables depending on individual circumstances, so it can be hard to give an exact answer to that question. Intended Parents should expect to [...]

Frequently Asked Questions

By |2019-06-11T04:35:34+00:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, costs of surrogacy, find a surrogate, ivf, Parentage Order, surrogacy process, traditional surrogacy|

Wondering if surrogacy is legal in Australia? Thinking about pursuing surrogacy to grow your family? Thinking about being a surrogate to help someone grow theirs? Here's some answers to questions you might have. Don't forget to download your free copy [...]

Will the Surrogate Keep the Baby?

By |2019-06-11T04:35:50+00:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, Parentage Order|

One of the first questions asked by intended parents considering surrogacy in Australia is "What if she wants to keep the baby?" And one of the first questions asked by a surrogate and her partner is "What if they don't [...]

Do I need a Surrogacy Broker?

By |2019-04-25T05:21:09+00:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: America, Australia, blog, Canada, overseas, surrogacy, Ukraine|

Do you need a surrogacy broker or consultant? Surrogacy is bit like Project Management. In fact, by the time you’re home with your baby, you’ll feel like you deserve a PhD in international relations and event management. You did all that [...]

Applying for a Parentage Order

By |2019-04-25T06:13:08+00:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, interstate surrogacy, Parentage Order, parenthood, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, surrogate, written agreements|

After a baby is born through an Australian surrogacy arrangement, a Parentage Order is required to transfer parentage from the surrogate and her partner to the intended parents. When the baby is born, the surrogate and her partner register the [...]

Parenting Orders and Parentage Orders

By |2019-06-11T04:55:41+00:00January 5th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, America, Australia, blog, Canada, overseas, Parentage Order, surrogacy laws, Ukraine|

Parentage Orders are made to transfer parentage from a surrogate and her partner, to the intended parents. These are made in State Courts. These Orders provide for the Birth Certificate to be changed, removing the surrogate and her partner, and [...]

DIY Parentage Order: You Can Do It!

By |2019-06-11T04:42:11+00:00July 27th, 2018|Categories: Australia, blog, DIY Parentage Order, law reform, Parentage Order, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

Do you want to do your Parentage Order yourself? By the time you have your baby in your arms, you’ve spent considerable money on IVF, legal expenses, counselling and pregnancy and birth expenses for your surrogate…not to mention decorating the [...]

Why Surrogacy Agreements are not like Contracts, and How to Write Your Own

By |2019-06-11T11:21:51+00:00December 14th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy, surrogacy process, written agreements|

A surrogacy agreement is not the same as a commercial contract. The elements of a basic contract include (1) an offer, (2) acceptance, (3) consideration (usually money) and (4) an intention to create a legal relationship. For example, you offer to buy [...]

Traditional Surrogacy

By |2019-04-25T05:21:12+00:00October 28th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, egg donation, surrogacy process, surrogate, traditional surrogacy|

Traditional surrogacy is where a surrogate uses her own eggs to conceive, with sperm from an Intended Father or from a donor. It is different from gestational surrogacy, where the surrogate becomes pregnant with an embryo created with an egg [...]

Surrogacy in the ACT

By |2019-07-02T10:19:32+00:00April 26th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, Australian Capital Territory, blog, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process|

Surrogacy in the Australian Capital Territory is regulated by the Parentage Act 2004.  If you are an intended parent living in the ACT, then the surrogacy laws that apply to you are those of the Australian Capital Territory. This is [...]

Surrogacy in New South Wales

By |2019-07-02T10:19:32+00:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, DIY Parentage Order, law reform, NSW, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws|

Surrogacy in New South Wales is regulated by the Surrogacy Act 2010.  If you are an intended parent living in NSW, then the surrogacy laws that apply to you are those of New South Wales. This is the case, even [...]

Surrogacy in the Northern Territory

By |2019-07-02T10:19:32+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Australia, blog, law reform, Northern Territory, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws|

Surrogacy in the Northern Territory is neither legal or illegal. This is because there are no surrogacy laws in the Northern Territory at all. All the States and the ACT have their own surrogacy laws, but the NT has none. [...]

Surrogacy in Queensland

By |2019-07-02T10:19:32+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, DIY Parentage Order, law reform, Queensland, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy laws|

If you are an intended parent living in Queensland or a surrogate carrying for Queensland intended parents, the Surrogacy Act 2010 applies to you. The criteria for surrogacy in QLD includes: That the intended parents have a social or medical [...]

Surrogacy in Tasmania

By |2019-07-02T10:19:32+00:00April 20th, 2019|Categories: Australia, blog, State surrogacy laws, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, Tasmania|

If you are an intended parent living in Tasmania or a surrogate carrying for Tasmanian intended parents, the Surrogacy Act 2012 applies to you. The criteria for surrogacy in Tasmania includes: That the intended parents have a social or medical [...]

8 Tips to a Positive Surrogacy Journey

By |2019-04-25T03:16:55+00:00January 17th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy|

Altruistic surrogacy is one of the most complex and amazing journeys you'll ever take, regardless of whether you're the surrogate team or the intended parent team. Even when things go right, they can still be difficult, and every team faces [...]

Gift Giving in Altruistic Surrogacy Arrangements

By |2019-06-11T04:52:23+00:00January 29th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, surrogacy, surrogacy laws, surrogacy process, surrogate|

One of the first questions asked by surrogates and intended parents, is whether the intended parents can give gifts to their surrogate, or her family members, without compromising the surrogacy agreement or the Parentage Order application.  And what sort of [...]

Surrogate Partners: The Unsung Heroes

By |2019-06-11T11:12:06+00:00March 6th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, fatherhood, surrogate partner|

There's a few heroes in the story of surrogacy - but none more unassuming than the surrogate's partner. Our partners don't ask to go down this path, and the rewards for them are few and far between. But their support [...]

Feminism & Altruistic Surrogacy

By |2019-04-25T03:07:51+00:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, blog, feminism|

A core belief of any feminist, is that a woman has the right to full bodily autonomy. That includes reproductive autonomy; the right to determine if and when she has children, how many, and the right to make decisions about [...]

Episode 1: Introducing Sarah

By |2019-04-25T06:51:43+00:00April 5th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, find a surrogate, gay dads, infertility, ivf, motherhood, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process, traditional surrogacy, Victoria|

In this first episode of The Australian Surrogacy Podcast, you'll hear from me, Sarah Jefford, and about why I decided to make a surrogacy podcast. I am a surrogate and a surrogacy lawyer living in Melbourne with my family. In [...]

Episode 2: Mike & Nate

By |2019-04-21T07:22:06+00:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Australia, gay dads, infertility, ivf, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, traditional surrogacy|

In this episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing my intended parents, Mike and Nate, about their surrogacy journey and becoming gay dads to baby Darcey. Mike and Nate started talking about having children on their second date, and they [...]

Episode 3: Troy

By |2019-04-25T06:52:30+00:00May 1st, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, fatherhood, gay dads, infertility, ivf, parenthood, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate, surrogate partner|

In this episode of The Australian Surrogacy Podcast, I interviewed my husband, Troy, about his experience as a surrogate's partner. I was often asked what Troy thought of me being a surrogate, so this week I thought it would be [...]

Episode 7: Carla (Part 1)

By |2019-04-21T07:11:04+00:00May 29th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, egg donation, gay dads, lgbtiq+, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate, traditional surrogacy|

This is a 2-part episode with Carla, an egg donor and a traditional surrogate. Carla has donated her eggs to 8 couples! In this episode we explore her egg donations and her reasons for donating, and hear all about her [...]

Episode 7: Carla (Part 2)

By |2019-04-21T06:24:31+00:00May 29th, 2018|Categories: Australia, gay dads, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, traditional surrogacy|

Traditional surrogacy is not as common as gestational surrogacy. This is Part 2 of my interview with Carla. Carla talked about her journey as an egg donor in Part 1; in Part 2 she tells us how she leaped from [...]

Episode 8: Hayley

By |2019-04-23T01:27:32+00:00June 5th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, find a surrogate, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process, surrogate|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 8: Hayley. Hayley is a gestational surrogate, and she and her intended parents all live in WA. Not everything went smoothly in Hayley's surrogacy journey, and particularly during the last trimester. Hayley has some great [...]

Episode 9: Phillipa

By |2019-04-21T07:10:01+00:00June 12th, 2018|Categories: Australia, cancer survivor, induced lactation, interstate surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

Phillipa survived cervical cancer, and managed to create eggs from grafted ovarian tissue, and embryos with donated sperm. She's now eagerly awaiting the birth of her baby with the help of a surrogate living on the other side of Australia. [...]

Episode 10: Mike & Glenn

By |2019-04-21T06:22:32+00:00June 19th, 2018|Categories: Australia, gay dads, lgbtiq+, parenthood, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

Mike and Glenn are gay dads that pursued surrogacy overseas, but after hitting roadblocks and ultimately not having any success, they turned to Australian surrogacy - and are now eagerly awaiting the birth of their daughter, with the help of [...]

Episode 12: Kate

By |2019-05-27T02:19:37+00:00July 3rd, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, birth and beyond, find a surrogate, gay dads, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate|

Kate is a gestational surrogate for a gay couple, Mike & Glenn (listen to their story at Episode 10). Kate is due to give birth any day now, and in this episode you'll hear all about her plans for a [...]

Episode 14: Henry & Lisa

By |2019-04-25T04:53:09+00:00July 17th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, egg donation, fatherhood, find a surrogate, motherhood, pregnancy loss, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process|

Henry and Lisa suffered with infertility and turned to surrogacy to grow their family. Henry & Lisa are well-known in the surrogacy community, both for their support of other intended parents and surrogates, but also for their senses of humour. [...]

Episode 15: Sarah and Sheridon

By |2019-04-21T07:03:53+00:00July 24th, 2018|Categories: Australia, gay dads, lgbtiq+, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, traditional surrogacy|

Sarah Jefford sat down and chatted with Sheridon Byrne, a Melbourne-based Doula, to talk about Sarah's surrogacy journey. Sheridon provides Doula services to the queer community, and we talked about how surrogacy can be an option to grow a family. [...]

Episode 17: Sara from Canada

By |2019-04-21T07:38:55+00:00August 7th, 2018|Categories: Australia, Canada, Surrogacy Podcast|

Sara is a Canadian gestational surrogate for Australian intended parents. She gave birth to baby Logan in January, and recently traveled to Australia and spent time with Logan and his parents. She also attend the Australian Surrogacy Conference and supported [...]

Episode 18: Amanda

By |2019-05-13T03:02:43+00:00August 14th, 2018|Categories: Australia, birth and beyond, gay dads, Surrogacy Podcast, traditional surrogacy|

Amanda was a traditional surrogate for her friends Dhusk and Tim, and gave birth to Sailor earlier this year. Traditional surrogacy, where a surrogate uses her own egg, is less common than gestational surrogacy, and can be a different dynamic [...]

Episode 19: Charmaine

By |2019-04-23T01:22:59+00:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: Australia, find a surrogate, infertility, ivf, motherhood, pregnancy loss, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Epsiode 19: Charmaine. Charmaine was a gestational surrogate and birthed James for his parents in 2017. Not everything was sunshine and rainbows, and Charmaine has a lot of wisdom for other intended parents and surrogates. If [...]

Episode 20: Sarah & Anna present at the Surrogacy Conference

By |2019-04-21T06:18:42+00:00August 28th, 2018|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, find a surrogate, interstate surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 20: Sarah and Anna. Sarah and Anna presented this session to the Australian Surrogacy Conference in June. You'll hear from Sarah with a broad overview of the surrogacy process in Australia, and then you'll hear [...]

Episode 21: Marnie B

By |2019-04-25T04:49:54+00:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: Australia, interstate surrogacy, motherhood, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 21: Marnie B. Marnie B is a gestational surrogate for interstate intended parents. Marnie and her team did a mammoth amount of research and preparation prior to proceeding with the arrangement, and the preparation is [...]

Episode 23: Rachel (Part 1)

By |2019-04-21T06:40:51+00:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Australia, egg donation, gay dads, infertility, interstate surrogacy, ivf, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate, traditional surrogacy|

This is Part 1 in a 3-part episode with Rachel, a surrogate who has delivered 5 babies for their intended parents. In this episode, Rachel tells her story of starting as an egg donor, and then as a traditional surrogate. [...]

Episode 23: Rachel (Part 2)

By |2019-04-21T06:39:26+00:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Australia, grief and loss, infant loss, interstate surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate|

This is part 2 of a 3-part interview with Rachel. In this episode, Rachel talks about finding her final intended parents, Marian and David, and their journey to the birth of baby Hugo. Unfortunately, Hugo was diagnosed late in the [...]

Episode 23: Rachel (Part 3)

By |2019-04-21T06:38:06+00:00September 18th, 2018|Categories: Australia, grief and loss, infant loss, interstate surrogacy, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogate|

This is Part 3 of a 3-part episode with Rachel. In Part 3, we hear about Rachel's final surrogacy pregnancy, with baby Matilda, for her parents Marian and David.

Episode 25: Gareth

By |2019-04-21T06:11:43+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Australia, chronic illness, fatherhood, grief and loss, motherhood, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Epsiode 25: Gareth. Gareth became a father through surrogacy in January 2018, with the birth of his son Rixon. Gareth's surrogate was Jess, who was a great friend of Gareth's wife, Bec. Sadly, Bec passed away [...]

Episode 26: Renee (Part 1)

By |2019-04-21T06:09:24+00:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Australia, pregnancy loss, surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 26 (Part 1): Renee. Renee tells us the story of her first surrogacy journey, including the ups and downs that eventually resulted in the birth of Ethan for his intended parents. This is Part 1 [...]

Episde 26: Renee (Part 2)

By |2019-04-21T06:06:50+00:00October 9th, 2018|Categories: Australia, infertility, ivf, motherhood, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 26 (Part 2): Renee. Renee shares her second surrogacy journey with us, with different intended parents. Renee and her partner approached the journey with the benefit of their first experience, but they were met with [...]

Episode 28: The ARTA Review in Victoria

By |2019-04-21T06:00:44+00:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Australia, law reform, Surrogacy Podcast, Victoria|

In this episode, Sarah chats about the current Review in the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act in Victoria. Submissions are open now, and close on 21 September. If you are interested in more information, or want to know more about Surrogacy [...]

Episode 29: Rebecca F

By |2019-04-21T05:47:30+00:00October 30th, 2018|Categories: Australia, infant loss, motherhood, pregnancy loss, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast episode 29: Rebecca. Rebecca is an intended parent, having come to surrogacy after requiring a hysterectomy after the birth of her second child. Rebecca found her surrogate in her good friend Katy, after she posted about [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 30: Anna

By |2019-04-29T11:03:41+00:00January 28th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, find a surrogate, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 30: Anna. "I wanted to do something big in life..." So decided Anna, a South Australian teacher and mother of two, as she launched herself into the world of egg donation and surrogacy. In this [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 31: Emmy

By |2019-04-29T11:03:44+00:00February 4th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, find a surrogate, Surrogacy Podcast, Victoria|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 31: Emmy. When growing her own family, Emmy struggled with gender disappointment and when she finally fell pregnant with a baby girl, she promised herself that she would repay the universe somehow. She looked for [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 33: Marnie: Post Surrogacy Reflections

By |2019-04-29T11:03:52+00:00February 18th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 33: Marnie B. Marnie B spoke to me back in Episode 21, when she was heading into the third trimester of her pregnancy with surro-bub. In our first interview, Marnie talked about all the preparation [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 34: Danny

By |2019-04-29T11:03:55+00:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Australia, fatherhood, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process, surrogate partner|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 34: Danny. Danny is one of those unsung heroes in surrogacy - the surrogate's partner. I've interviewed his lovely wife Emmy and the intended parents Henry and Lisa. Danny is like many partners of surrogates, [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 37: Kate from VARTA

By |2019-04-29T11:01:00+00:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Australia, donor agreement, egg donation, sperm donor, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 37: Kate from VARTA. Kate Bourne is the Donor Services Manager at the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), which provides independent information and support for individuals, couples, and health professionals on fertility, infertility, assisted reproductive [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 38: Miranda

By |2019-04-29T11:01:04+00:00March 25th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, chronic illness, egg donation, motherhood, Surrogacy Podcast|

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 38: Miranda. Miranda is an amazing story teller, so you can understand why I barely said a word in this interview. She is an egg donor recipient, a mum through surrogacy, and had a heart [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 40: Anna and Surrogacy Australia’s Support Service

By |2019-04-29T10:59:20+00:00April 7th, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, find a surrogate, Surrogacy Podcast, surrogacy process|

Anna McKie is the Surrogate/IP Support Manager at Surrogacy Australia, helping to launch the Support Service (SASS) which is now up and running. This episode provides an overview of the SASS, what's involved and outlining the benefits for surrogates and intended [...]

The Australian Surrogacy Podcast Episode 42: Bree

By |2019-04-30T07:17:37+00:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: altruistic surrogacy, Australia, interstate surrogacy, Surrogacy Podcast, traditional surrogacy|

Episode 42 of the Australian Surrogacy Podcast: Bree. Bree was a gestational surrogate, delivering baby Haesel in 2017 for her dads. This year, Bree is attempting to fall pregnant as a traditional surrogate for the same parents. Bree's intended parents [...]