About donor assisted conception

Donor conception is a type of assisted reproductive technology (ART) that uses donated sperm, eggs or embryos to try and achieve pregnancy.

Participants in donor assisted conception are:

  1. the donor who provides the sperm, eggs or embryo.; and
  2. recipient/s who will receive the donation.

Donors may be:

  • Known to the recipients; or
  • Unknown to the recipients.

Donor assisted conception may involve:

  • artificial insemination;
  • in vitro fertilisation (IVF);
  • surrogacy.

Counselling is a required part of the donation process. Counselling is required to inform effective consent from donors and recipients.

Only altruistic (unpaid) donation is permitted in Western Australia. It is legal to advertise for an altruistic donor. Reasonable expenses can be reimbursed.

More information

Reproductive Technology Unit

Email: rtu@health.wa.gov.au
Mail to: P O Box 8172, Perth Business Centre, WA 6849