Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008 (review)

This page provides general information and should not be considered as legal advice. Seek legal advice if you are unsure about your legal rights. Be aware that the law can change. 

VCAT can review certain decisions made by the Patient Review Panel under the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008.

Cases VCAT can hear

You may be able to apply to VCAT to review a decision of the Patient Review Panel if you are a person whose interests are affected by a reviewable decision or the failure of the Patient Review Panel to act.

Reviewable decisions include:

  • that there is a barrier to treatment of a person under the Act
  • not to approve a surrogacy arrangement
  • not to allow the posthumous use of a person’s gametes or embryo
  • not to approve the period during which gametes or an embryo may be stored
  • to remove or not to remove an embryo from storage.

Time limits

You must make your application within 28 days on which:

  • the decision was made, or
  • the statement of reasons is given to you or you are informed that a statement of reasons will not be given under the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Act.

You may be able to apply for an extension to this time limit.

Legislation that gives VCAT the power to hear these applications

If you have a decision document, use it to help you complete the VCAT application form and attach a copy of the document to your application.

What can VCAT order?

Unless the relevant Act of Parliament gives us different powers, VCAT can:

  • affirm the original decision, in which case the original decision will stand
  • vary the decision
  • set aside the decision and substitute our own decision
  • set aside the decision and remit (send back) the matter for reconsideration by the decision maker Definition A person who makes or has made a decision under legislation that gives them this authority. giving directions or recommendations
  • invite the decision-maker to reconsider their decision at any time during the case.

More about how we resolve your case

Read more about hearings at VCAT, professional representation, access and privacy and communicating with VCAT.