Surrogacy is where one woman, the birth mother, carries a baby for the intended parents.

The baby is often the biological child of the intended parents, although surrogacy can involve both sperm and egg donors as well as a surrogate or birth mother.

Commercial surrogacy (including payment for, or advertising for surrogacy) is not legal in Australia.

Non-commercial surrogacy (also known as altruistic surrogacy) is legal in Tasmania however the law around it is complicated in order to protect the child, the surrogate, and the intended parents.

For further information, women in Tasmania can contact Women’s Legal Service Tasmania.