Great news for Victorian IVF patients. A Royal Assent will occur next week in parliament to enact amendments that will reduce the onus on patients to pass rigerous checks on their background history.
A patient and their partner will no longer be required to provide a police check. They will no longer have to arrange for the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a child protection order check on behalf of the person seeking treatment or their partner or parties to a surrogacy arrangement. It also means that IVF clinics will not be required to access those checks to determine whether any offences or orders detailed in the checks, give rise to a presumption against treatment.
These changes are timely, welcome and fair. We estimate that they will be in force by mid July 2020. Until then, the old rules still apply.