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« on: May 02, 2013, 06:10:03 AM »

Legislative Assembly Committee on Law and Safety: Inclusion of Donor Details on the
Register of Births
NSW Government Response
RECOMMENDATlON 1: That the NSWGovernment work with state and territory
governments to develop a nationally consistent system for the registration, management and
release of information in relation to donor conception.
The NSW Government supports this recommendation in principle.
The NSW Government recognises there are benefits to a nationally consistent system for
the registration, management and release of donor information. While the NSW Government
encourages Australian states and territories that have not legislated to regulate donor
conception to do so, it also acknowledges the regulation of such matters in other states and
territories is ultimately a matter for those jurisdictions.
The harmonisation of laws governing donor conception information has been an item on the
Standing Council of Law and Justice's agenda (formerly the Standing Committee of
Attorneys-General) since April 2009. The NSW Government will participate in further
discussion of this item if it is progressed.
RECOMMENDATlONS 2 to 6
Recommendations 2 to 4 recommend a mechanism for recording when a person is donor
conceived on the birth register, and the issue of an addendum disclosing that further
information is available when a donor conceived adult applies for a birth certificate.
Recommendation 5 relates to where donor information should be held. Recommendation 6
relates to participants in private donor conception arrangements voluntarily registering their
details on the donor register.
These issues are connected with the terms of reference of the Law and Safety Committee
Inquiry into Managing Information Related to Donor Conception, which will examine issues
regarding retrospectivity, where donor conception information should be maintained, and
whether counselling or other services should be provided to support those people seeking
access to donor information. For example, the mechanism of recording whether a person is
donor conceived on the birth register and the proposed addendum to be issued with birth
certificates may be affected by which entity is maintaining donor information, and the level of
support services provided by that entity.
Furthermore, the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages is currently conducting a review
of the content of birth certificates, and the Minister for Health is currently conducting a
statutory review of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2007 which is due for
completion in December 2013. The processes and outcomes of these reviews may also be
relevant to the NSW Government's consideration of recommendations 2 to 6.
The,NSW Government will consider recommendations 2 to 6 with its response to the Law
and Safety Committee Inquiry into Managing Information Related to Donor Conception.
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2013, 08:52:08 AM »

And an article on this in the SMH:
http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/donor-children-kept-in-dark-about-origins-20130504-2izsx.html
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