NSW Nationals Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement of an Australian-first rebate for IVF or other assisted reproductive technology.
The $80 million expansion of the NSW Affordable IVF Initiative will extend rebates for pre-IVF fertility testing and introduce a new $2,000 rebate for fertility treatment.
Mr Saunders said the high costs of fertility treatment can add stress to those experiencing fertility issues.
“This rebate will make NSW one of the most affordable places in the world to have IVF treatment, reducing out-of-pocket costs to help families have a baby,” Mr Saunders said.
“The cost can be particularly high in regional areas because many families need to travel to access fertility services, and I am proud to be part of a team that is easing the burden.”
The Affordable IVF Initiative will also increase the number of IVF treatment places in publicly supported clinics and increase fertility preservation services for patients with a medical need.
The extension and expansion to the NSW Affordable IVF initiative also includes:
- extending rebates for pre-IVF fertility testing
- expanding state-wide access to lower cost IVF treatment through publicly-supported clinics
- boosting fertility preservation services for patients with cancer and other medical needs
- providing up to five days’ paid fertility treatment leave for teachers, nurses and other public servants across NSW.
To be eligible for the $2,000 rebate you must:
- be a resident of NSW
- have incurred an out-of-pocket cost from a registered private provider
- have accessed the treatment from 1 October 2022
More information on how to submit an application form for the rebate is available here: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/transaction/apply-for-the-fertility-treatment-rebate