Assisted reproductive treatment legislation
There is legislation which governs the practice and provision of assisted reproductive treatment (ART) in South Australia. The Minister for Health is responsible for overseeing this legislation.
The Act that governs the provision of assisted reproductive treatment is the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 1988, which operates in conjunction with the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Regulations 2010.
Other relevant legislation
Other legislation relevant to assisted reproductive treatment in South Australia includes the:
- Family Relationships Act 1975 - refers to surrogacy and parenting
- Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1996
- Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 - deals with the use of excess ART embryos
Legislation in other Australian jurisdictions
Legislation currently exists to govern ART in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia, however the nature of the governance regimes in each of these states varies.
There is no Commonwealth legislation in respect of ART practice. States and territories without specific legislation rely on the Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee accreditation scheme which sets standards for practice and requires compliance with the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Ethical Guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research.
Further information relating to how treatment is regulated, see:
- New South Wales
- Western Australia
- National Health and Medical Research Council
- Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee
For further information about fertility services in South Australia, see the Fertility services page.