Police checks dropped for Vic IVF hopefuls

Victoria will drop the requirement for police checks for those seeking fertility treatments.
Victoria will drop the requirement for police checks for those seeking fertility treatments.

Hopeful parents undergoing IVF or surrogacy will no longer need to get police and child protection checks in Victoria.

The state government is finally making the move to dump the checks, found to be discriminatory and unnecessary.

"I want to see people able to get access to IVF services more easily, not to be putting barriers in their way and making it harder," Premier Daniel Andrews said on Wednesday.

The change will mean women, partners and parties to a surrogacy arrangement will have quicker access to the treatment.

Patients repeatedly told an independent state review into reproduction treatment that the checks were unfair, humiliating and distressing.

Further consultation with police, clinics, the regulator and advocates revealed they were discriminatory and unnecessary.

The government introduced legislation to remove the checks requirement on Wednesday and it won't face resistance from the opposition.

State opposition leader Michael O'Brien said the checks were "unnecessary red tape".

"IVF is something which is really critical to a lot of people who are looking to start families," he said.

"It's a tough situation for them to be in, and frankly we don't want to make it any harder for them than it already is."

Australian Associated Press