Surrogacy Australia’s Support Service (SASS) is a membership based organisation which aims to be open and inclusive to all. We do, however, have to adhere to certain criteria for both surrogates and intended parents. Please see the criteria below to check that you are currently eligible to join SASS.
The SASS application process is different for Surrogate applicants and Intended Parent applicants.
Watch this video to hear a summary about SASS.
Surrogate membership to SASS is FREE, and we will cover any additional charges you incur to apply, such as a GP report and your National Police check.
Intended Parent membership to SASS is $400 (from January 2019). This membership fee is necessary to fund our not-for-profit organisation. 100% of funds raised through membership fees is used to improve our member’s experiences and journeys.
Criteria to Join Surrogacy Australia’s Support Service
Surrogates must be a minimum of 25 years old in most states (18 in the ACT and SA). There is no maximum age limit for surrogates, however you must be eligible to be treated by a fertility clinic.
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.
Surrogates should have a healthy BMI and be eligible to be treated by a fertility clinic. As such a surrogate’s BMI should ideally be no higher than 35. If you feel your BMI may hinder your application, please speak to us and we can give you more information as to your options. If your GP is happy with your BMI, then we at SASS will be too.
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.
Reasons for applying
Intended parents 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 while undergoing a surrogacy journey (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. Australia classes same sex couples as ‘Socially Infertile’ and as such, a letter is required to state this.
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 and SA). We do expect this to change in SA shortly with the legal reforms being undertaken there.
Intended Parents must both be resident in the Australia, and be living together.