Nowadays there are no laws relating to surrogacy or reproductive technologies in Australia. But every year the number of infertile couples grows, so lately the government has been thinking about the regulation of the surrogacy process. At the moment, in any Australian state, if a proper contract has been signed between the Intended parents and a surrogate mother, a child born using a surrogacy program have all legitimate rights in this country.
To avoid any cheating, surrogacy in Australia is non-commercial. If the state becomes aware of signing a commercial contract or illegal payments to surrogate mothers or egg donors, such actions are subject to legal punishment.
Only couples that are officiallt married can take part in the program. Having gone a long way of infertility treatment, they ask their attending physician for permission. And only at the doctor's request, a couple can enter a surrogacy program.
The Australian legislation permits to store reproductive materials, such as donor eggs, spermatozoa or embryos, for several years. For example, donor eggs and spermatozoa can be stored for ten years, whereas embryos – for only five.