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Author Topic: NSW Donor Details Inquiry  (Read 2485 times)
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« on: October 27, 2011, 05:57:32 AM »

Have just received word about a new Inquiry in NSW. Really important that we all make a submission - I will be putting more info about this on the DCSG website

Terms of Reference:
That the Committee inquire into and report on whether there should be provision for the inclusion of donor details on the register of births maintained by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

Inquiry into inclusion of donor details on the register of births
The issue of whether there should be provision to include donor details on the register of births
maintained by the NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages is to be examined in an inquiry
conducted by the Legislative Assembly's Committee on Law and Safety.
The Committee's inquiry follows a recent District Court judgment to remove a sperm donor's details from the register of births.
Currently there is no provision for recording of sperm, egg or embryo donor details by the NSW
Registrar. However, donor information is entered on a central register that has been kept by the
Department of Health since January 2010. The register was set up to assist the exchange of
information on donor conceived people, with donors and offspring having the opportunity to access information about each other.
The Chair of the Committee, Mr John Barilaro MP, said that "Access to information for donor
conceived people is an important issue, and the Committee is keen to seek community views on
where and how details should be maintained to facilitate this access."
"We will consider whether the current system for recording donor information is adequate, and
whether these details should be kept by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages."
"As part of the inquiry, we will also be exploring how donor details are recorded in other Australian jurisdictions."
The Committee is inviting submissions to the inquiry. Submissions can be emailed to, lodged via the Committee’s website at or mailed to: The Chair, Committee on Law and Safety,
Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000.
The closing date for submissions is Wednesday, 21 December 2011.
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