Surrogacy in South Australia.

If you are an intended parent living in South Australia or a surrogate carrying for South Australian intended parents, the new Surrogacy Bill 2019 applies to you and will come into effect from 1 September 2020.

The criteria for surrogacy in SA will include:

  • That the intended parents have a social or medical need for surrogacy. This includes same sex male and opposite sex couples and singles who cannot conceive or carry a baby themselves.
  • That the birth mother is over 25 years of age.
  • That the arrangement is altruistic. The intended parents must cover the birth mother’s out of pocket expenses in accordance with the law. Commercial surrogacy is illegal.
  • That the parties have undergone counselling about the arrangement with a qualified counsellor.
  • That the parties have obtained legal advice about the arrangement.
  • There must be a written Surrogacy Agreement signed by all the parties.

It is not illegal to advertise for a surrogate in SA.

You can read about the steps to follow once you have a surrogate, or consider what you need to do to find a surrogate.

If you are considering becoming a surrogate, you can read more about that here.

If you would like to know more about how surrogacy works in Australia and South Australia, you might like to download the Handbook, or book in for a consult with Sarah below. You can also hear stories from intended parents and surrogates on the Podcast.

Sarah can assist with surrogacy arrangements across all States, including South Australia and cross-border arrangements. You can contact me here. All consults are conducted over Zoom and email.

Hi! I’m Sarah Jefford. I’m a surrogacy, fertility and family lawyer. I’m also an IVF Mum, an egg donor and a traditional surrogate, and I delivered a baby for her Dads in 2018.

I advocate for positive, best practice surrogacy arrangements within Australia, and provide support and education to help intended parents make informed decisions when pursuing overseas surrogacy.

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