The laws in Australia with respect to surrogacy vary between the States and Territories.

People choose surrogacy for a variety of reasons from health conditions that make pregnancy or birth dangerous, recurrent miscarriages, through to being in a same sex relationship.

Surrogacy can be a timely and emotional process and is not a decision to be entered into lightly.

Many parents however can obviously find happiness by creating their family through surrogacy.

In Australia commercial surrogacy is illegal.

Altruistic surrogacy, which occurs without financial benefit to the surrogate, is legal in Australia.

Anyone considering surrogacy as an option should obtain legal advice about entering into a surrogacy arrangement, the legal issues and risks associated with surrogacy, and the process they will need to follow once the child is born so as be recognised as having parental responsibility for the child.

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