Frequently Asked Questions

We have created a section of Frequently Asked Questions to assist you in your journey of becoming a sperm donor.

Will donating sperm cost me anything?

No. The clinic will pay for all your medical appointments, blood tests, and counselling sessions.

What are the main benefits for me?

There are many reasons why you may consider donating your sperm to Sperm Donors Australia, some of these reasons might include:

  • To help women or couples, who cannot conceive naturally, fulfil their dream of having a family
  • To find out your own fertility status
  • To receive a free general health check-up including some blood tests

Will I be compensated for my troubles?

In Australia the donation of reproductive tissue must be altruistic. It is against the law for someone to profit from the donation of sperm (as detailed in the Human Tissue Act 1982 and NHMRC - Ethical guidelines on the use of Assisted Reproductive Technology in clinical practice and research 2007). However, we realise that your time is valuable; therefore, you will be reimbursed for each suitable sperm donation to cover reasonable expenses.

Once you have completed the initial screening process we are able to reimburse you as follows:

  • Reimbursement 1: $150 per approved sample, after each donation.
  • Reimbursement 2: $150 per approved sample, already donated (reimbursed after the final six month blood test).

Please note: if the donor’s screen test come back and are abnormal at any stage, the sperm will be discarded and further reimbursements will not be made.

What information is given to the recipients?

The recipients will be given non-identifying information about the natural characteristics of the donors to help them choose a suitable donor.

Donors are described by basic physical characteristics, social traits and medical history.

The non-identifying information available includes:

  • ethnic origin,
  • blood group and CMV status,
  • physical characteristics – height, build, eye colour, hair colour, skin tone,
  • social traits – level of education, occupation, hobbies, special interests and skills,
  • medical history of the donor and his family

How many recipients can use my sperm?

Sperm donors may assist multiple recipients. Under Australian legislation, a sperm donor is able to donate to 10 women in VIC, QLD, SA and 5 women in NSW (this includes any current or former partner of the donor). This means that up to 10 or 5 women can have children, who are genetic siblings, as a result of your sperm donation. Please note there may be more than one child per family.

Will my identity ever be released?

The welfare of the person born as a result of assisted reproductive treatment is paramount. This means that the donor conceived person is entitled to know who their genetic parents are, should they want this information. Therefore, donors must consent to their identifying information being held by City Fertility Centre and the Victorian and New South Wales Central Register.

In Victoria and New South Wales, a State Register is held of all pregnancies and births from donated sperm.

In Queensland and South Australia, there is no legislation at this time to keep a register. However, Sperm Donors Australia – City Fertility Centre keep identifying information (such as: name, date of birth, address) and non-identifying information which may be cross referenced through a code.

The donor conceived person can request access to your identity once he/she has either reached the age of 18 or has acquired sufficient maturity to appreciate the significance of the request.

City Fertility Centre allows the following information to be supplied to the offspring through a medical practitioner or an appropriately qualified health professional:

  • all medical and family history information,
  • identifying information about the donor,
  • the number and sex of the children conceived from the same donor; the number of families involved, and any identifying information that these siblings have consented to release.

What are my legal responsibilities with the offspring as a sperm donor?

The sperm donor has no legal responsibilities or rights to the child.

Under Australian legislation, the woman giving birth is the legal mother of any child born. The recipient couple is financially and legally responsible for the child no matter what. Additionally, the recipient couple shall have full custodial and parental rights to the child (NHMRC Ethical Guidelines 2007).

Can I withdraw from the donor program after donating my sperm?

Sperm donors are free to withdraw at any time unless the sperm has already been used; the term ‘used’ includes the creation of an embryo by the use of a donated sperm or donor insemination procedure.

Are there any health issues I should inform Sperm Donors Australia about before donating?

Sperm Donors Australia needs to know:

  • If you contract a cold, the flu or a more serious illness
  • If you start taking medication
  • If you and/or your sexual partner(s) contract an infectious disease such as HIV, Hepatitis, Syphilis, Herpes, Gonorrhoea or Chlamydia, either while you are an active donor or after you stop donating
  • If you, your children or anyone in your family is diagnosed with a congenital or hereditary disease or illness, either while you are an active donor or after your donation

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Please be advised that Donation of Reproductive Tissue in Australia must be Altruistic