Surrogacy Australia’s Support Service is a professional service based on best practice models. It is designed to support both surrogates and intended parents to form well-suited teams and also to support those teams over their surrogacy journeys with inbuilt counselling, mentoring and expense management support.
Surrogate membership is FREE, and we will cover any costs you incur to apply, such as a GP report and your National Police check.
Intended Parent membership to SASS is $990. This membership fee covers the cost of your Mentor session, application processing and administration, pre-offer counselling (where required) and a potential introduction to a surrogate. If your are introduced to a surrogate, we encourage you to stay on for Journey Support, which is a $3000 fee for the support provided to you and your surrogate across your whole journey up to twelve months post birth.
Surrogacy Australia’s Support Service (SASS) is a membership based organisation which aims to be open and inclusive to all, however please see the criteria below to check that you are eligible to join SASS.
- Age Surrogates must be a minimum of 25 years old in most states (18 in the ACT). There is no maximum age limit for surrogates.
- Medical Health Surrogates must be healthy enough to carry a pregnancy. GP reports are obtained during the application process however, if you have a medical condition, please do speak to us as it may not hinder your application.
- BMI Some Fertility Clinics prefer that a surrogate’s BMI should be no higher than 30. A high BMI does not rule you out of joining SASS. If you feel your BMI may hinder your application, please speak to us and we can give you more information.
- Residency Surrogate must be resident in Australia. Please note child free women who wish to act as surrogates are welcome to apply for membership to SASS.
- Webinars All SASS surrogates are required to attend a Surrogate specific webinar around their time of joining. For dates and registration links, see here.
Intended Parents (IPs) must be unable to sustain a pregnancy personally.
- If applicable, intended parents must have exhausted their options to conceive themselves, and not be trying to create their family in other ways (e.g. personal IVF or adoption).
- Intended mothers must provide evidence that they are unable to carry a pregnancy themselves by way of a letter from their GP or their Fertility Specialist.
- Same sex male couples will also need a letter from their GP.
Relationship Status Intended parents who are in a long term relationship or married can apply in all states. Single applicants are eligible in most states (except the ACT).
Residency Where Intended Parents are a couple, they must both be a resident in Australia, and be living together.
Webinars All SASS Intended Parents (IPs) are required to attend an IP specific webinar around their time of joining. For dates and registration links, see here.