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Police checks dropped for Vic IVF hopefuls

Police checks dropped for Vic IVF hopefuls

Hopeful parents undergoing IVF or surrogacy will no longer have to get police and child protection checks in Victoria.

The state government is finally making the move to dump the checks, found to be discriminatory and unnecessary.

"Police and child protection checks unfairly discriminate between people who conceive naturally and those accessing assisted reproductive treatment - we're fixing that," Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said in a statement.

The change will mean women, partners and parties to a surrogacy arrangement will have quicker access to the treatment.

Patients repeatedly told an independent state review into reproduction treatment that the checks were unfair, humiliating and distressing.

Further consultation with police, clinics, the regulator and advocates revealed they were discriminatory and unnecessary.

The government on Wednesday will introduce legislation to remove the checks requirement.