Whether donor details should be able to be recorded on birth certificates is the subject of a NSW Legislative Assembly Committee on Law and Safety inquiry. The deadline for submissions is December 21.

Currently there is no provision for recording sperm, egg or embryo donor details, although donor information has been kept on a central register by the Department of Health since January 2010.

Committee chair John Barilaro MP said access to information for donor-conceived people was an important issue.

“The committee is keen to seek community views on where and how details should be maintained to facilitate this access,” Barilaro said.

“We will consider whether the current system for recording donor information is adequate, and whether these details should be kept by the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages.

“As part of the inquiry, we will also be exploring how donor details are recorded in other Australian jurisdictions.”

Email submissions to lawsafety@parliament.nsw.gov.au or lodge at www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/lawandsafety or mail to The Chair, Committee on Law and Safety, Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000.

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