23 February 2015
Not currently accepting any new surrogacy visa applications from Australians. This freeze doesnt not apply to citizens of other countries. The Commonwealth Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is trying to seek clarifiction.
Current surrogacy cases in India are experiencing far longer delays in obtaining surrogacy visas for birth and longer delays in citizesanhip approval. Allow for 5 weeks post birth for country exit
On 20 February 2015, the Thai Parliament passed legislation banning commercial surrogacy. The legislation is awaiting royal approval. Foreigners are advised not to visit Thailand for the purpose of engaging in commercial surrogacy arrangements.
Some Thai agencies are facilitating embryo transfers in Cambodia to Thai surrogates. Proceed with extreme caution
Currently, only non-Nepali women can act as surrogates in Nepal. Mostly Indian surrogates are being employed as surrogates. As a result, eligibility for a Nepali birth certificate remains unclear. Without an official birth certificate, the Australian government cannot process Australian citrizenship.
The Australian government has yet to receive any official communication from the Nepali government clarifying this issue. In the meantime, it is recommended that no Australians enter new contracts for surrogacy in Nepal
Uncompensated surrogacy is legal in all Australian states and territories (except for NT) and we are seeing increasing numbers of successful surrogacy journeys at home.
The model is DIY in relation to finding a surrogate & matching. See the following link for assistance
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Current Australian Medicare policy forbids Medicare rebates for IVF use for Surrogacy. This is a great discrimination for couples whose only option to create a family is through surrogacy. With general out of pocket IVF costs for non-surrogacy purposes now being around $1,500 - people wanting to do an IVF cycle for surrogacy purposes are forced to pay on average $12,000 - $18,000.
Surrogacy Australia is currenly lobbying for Medicare reform that ensures no discrimination for couples who need to access IVF for surrogacy purposes. We are urguing the public to find your local federal MP, arrange a meeting with them and voice your concerns about the Medicare laws. The point of the meeting with your local MP is to get them to write to Federal Health Minister Hon Peter Dutton about the need to change the unfair Medicare laws. Ask your friends, your family etc to get involved. Hopefully with your help, we all can make a change.
You can also join the facebook revolution here. Thank you to Tereasa Trevor for your tireless work. Please see Tereasa's informative poster below.
Read personal stories of how Medicare inequality affects the public at the Medicareless blog here