Brendan McQuiggan

by Sam everingham

Posted on 2019-01-14 at 02:16:59

Brendan (31) and his partner David (36) considered surrogacy in a number of overseas countries before Brendan’s sister-in-law Ash offered to be their surrogate in April 2014. They engaged with an Australian donor, created embryos and completed their first single embryo transfer in September 2015. This first transfer was successful and their son Rylee was born in June 2016, just over two years from start to finish. Brendan will share what he learned along the way.


Three Australian jurisdictions – NSW, ACT & Queensland – have laws criminalising overseas surrogacy. However like the long outdated provisions criminalising abortion in NSW, these are laws which have never been prosecuted. In fact even when the rare case has been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions, they have declined to take action. There […]

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Surrogacy is regulated in most Australian states & territories. This means there is no uniform law nationally. Currently, there are no surrogacy laws in the northern territory, Victoria and South Australia have progressed significant reforms recently. Commercial surrogacy is illegal in Australia Only Altruistic surrogacy is permitted and the intended parents have to cover all […]