A list of frequently asked questions have been compiled below. If you have a question that isn’t addressed here or elsewhere on the Surrogacy Australia website, please email us and we’ll do our best to help.

What is a surrogate?
Surrogacy refers to an arrangement for a woman to become pregnant and give birth to a child for another couple or single person, with the intention of giving that child to the couple/person one they are born.

Isn't surrogacy illegal in Australia?
Although the laws differ from state to state, altruistic surrogacy is legal in Australia. You can find out more information about the laws across Australia on our website.

What is altruistic surrogacy?

In an altruistic surrogacy agreement, a surrogate does not receive any financial payment or other reward for acting as a surrogate in an altruistic agreement. The surrogate is however, reimbursed for any medical expenses and general costs associated to the pregnancy by the intended parent/s.

How much will surrogacy in Australia cost?

No surrogacy journey is the same, so it is not possible to predict exact costs, but our research with Australian parents shows costs average around $80,000 over a two year period, including (non-rebatable) IVF, legal fees, mandatory counselling, surrogate expenses and compensation for time of work, insurance and travel, post-birth transfer of parentage. Costs are lower for traditional surrogacy (non-IVF) and will also be lower where a successful pregnancy is achieved on the first embryo transfer. Doing your research by attending surrogacy seminars or conferences can save you thousands.

What is commercial surrogacy?

Surrogates in a commercial surrogacy arrangement receives financial payment or reward for acting as a surrogate. They are also reimbursed for any medical expenses, just like an altruistic surrogacy arrangement.

Commercial surrogacy is illegal in Australia, and some states have legislation in place that restricts residents from entering into commercial surrogacy arrangements overseas. More information about this legislation is available on our website.

Are there different types or surrogacy?

There are two types of surrogacy: gestational and traditional.

Gestational surrogacy is when the surrogate has a fertilised embryo transferred into her. The embryo is the product of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) using the sperm and egg of the intended parents, however gay men and single people can also use donated eggs or sperm. A gestational surrogate has no genetic contribution to the child they are carrying. Gestational surrogacy is the most common type of surrogacy arrangements in Australia.

Traditional surrogacy is when the surrogate herself is with the sperm of the intended father, usually through artificial insemination. A traditional surrogate provides the egg, so she does provide a genetic contribution to the child she is carrying.

How can I find a surrogate in Australia?
Reach out to family and friends who may be in a position to be a surrogate for you. Many intended parents have been surprised how close to home they have found a surrogate.

Join online groups and forums to interact and connect with intended parents and surrogates. The Fertility Connections forum and Australian Surrogacy Community welcome Australian and New Zealand residents as members.