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Victorian Budget 21/22

Supporting more Victorians to start a family

The Victorian Government will help more Victorian families experience the joys of parenthood, helping to cover the costs of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF).

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IVF can help people who want to become parents achieve their dreams. But with an initial IVF cycle costing an average of $5,500, for many it’s unaffordable and out of reach.

It’s why this Budget delivers $70 million to establish public fertility care services – which will be free for 4,000 Victorian patients each year when the program is fully operational.

Access to public IVF services will begin in 2022, helping more Victorians become parents, without the high costs.

This funding also includes $3.5 million to deliver Australia’s first public sperm and egg bank, helping even more Victorians have a family of their own.

New women's reproductive health hubs

Funding of $4.1 million will also establish three new women's reproductive health hubs, enabling more women to access expert advice on sexual and reproductive health issues, and helping to catch-up on deferred check-ups as a result of the pandemic.

Funding will also expand the hours of operation for the eight existing hubs and expand the scope of services they provide.

Reviewed 15 May 2021

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