Surrogacy is a way of having children where a woman becomes pregnant and gives birth to a child for another person or couple. This allows people unable to carry a child (eg a gay male couple) to have children biologically related to them.
The surrogate may use her own eggs or the eggs of a donor may be used. Either way, some form of assisted conception, usually IVF (In-Vitro Fertilisation) is required.
Until 2010, surrogacy was illegal in Queensland. In 2010, the law was changed to allow altruistic surrogacy, which is when a woman bears a child for others without any financial or other benefit to herself.
If you can find a family member, friend or acquaintance who is willing to bear a child for you, you are very lucky. A lot of people who aren’t so lucky look at overseas surrogacy. Popular countries where people go to find surrogates include the USA, Canada and India. In Queensland, it is illegal to enter into a commercial surrogacy arrangement, whether in Australia or overseas. It is also illegal to advertise looking for surrogates or offering to be a surrogate.
Useful Resources on Surrogacy
Queensland Government Department of Justice’s webpage on surrogacy
Gay Dads Australia has some extensive information on surrogacy.
Surrogacy Australia is a support group for people who have become, or planning to become, parents through surrogacy.