Summary

  • Abortion is a common, safe and legal medical procedure in Victoria.
  • Abortion can legally be accessed up to the 24th week of pregnancy, and, in certain circumstances, beyond this. However, contacting services earlier will minimise procedure costs and maximise options.
  • Most abortion service providers are located in Melbourne. Some provide ‘same day’ services for women from country areas.
  • Abortion services are also available in some regional areas. Your doctor can provide you with details of these services. 
  • Costs vary between clinics. Discounts are sometimes available for concession card holders. Even if you are not covered by Medicare, fees may be reimbursed by private health insurance providers.
  • While some doctors may object to abortion, they are required by law to refer you to a pro-choice doctor if you wish to discuss abortion. If you feel your doctor has not done this you can make a complaint via the Health Complaints Commissioner or Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) 
  • Please note this information is intended as a guide only. Always contact providers directly for specific information relating to your own circumstances. 

Abortion is a common, safe and legal medical procedure in Victoria. Abortion services are located in both Melbourne and rural Victoria, although the majority of service providers are in Melbourne. It can be a complex system to navigate and the costs and time required for the procedure can vary from service to service.

Depending on how long you have been pregnant, as well as service availability, you may have the option of either a medical or surgical abortion. For more information about each procedure, and to work out which one is right for you, please visit the following Better Health Channel fact sheets:

Costs vary between clinics and depend on the gestation of your pregnancy (how many weeks pregnant you are) as well as whether you have a Medicare card, a health care card or private health insurance.

Discounts may be available for concession card holders. Even if you are not covered by Medicare, fees may be reimbursed by your private health insurance provider.

How many weeks pregnant you are is counted from the first day of your last period. Medical abortion can be provided between five and nine weeks of pregnancy. Most providers will perform a surgical abortion up to 12 weeks after the last normal period. Some providers will perform abortions later in pregnancy. 

Abortion can legally be accessed up to the 24th week of pregnancy, and, in certain circumstances, beyond this. However, contacting services earlier can minimise procedure costs and maximise options. 

If you need information about how to confirm a pregnancy, visit your GP or contact the Women’s Health Information Centre at the Royal Women’s Hospital, or Family Planning Victoria

If you need more assistance with decision-making or support, you can contact the Pregnancy Advisory Service at the Royal Women’s Hospital, the Pregnancy Birth and Baby Helpline or Family Planning Victoria. 

Please note this information is intended as a guide only. Always contact providers directly for specific information relating to your own circumstances.

Finding an abortion service in Victoria

Many private surgical abortion providers in Victoria are listed in this fact sheet, but you can also find information through your doctor, the Pregnancy Advisory Service, Family Planning Victoria or other health services. Not all abortion providers have their details publically listed.

Your doctor, community health service or women’s health service may also have information about local providers. Some GPs provide access to medical abortion. The Tabbot Foundation and Marie Stopes are able to provide consultation by telephone for medical abortion. 

Abortion services in rural Victoria

Surgical abortion services tend to be concentrated in metropolitan Melbourne. There are some surgical services available in rural areas. Medical abortion is now also available through some health clinics, regional GPs and the Tabbot Foundation

Discuss these options with your doctor, or contact your local community health or women’s health service. There are some rural and regional abortion providers who are not listed below. The Pregnancy Advisory Service can also inform you via phone where your nearest abortion service is. 

Some Melbourne service providers cater for women coming from rural Victoria and offer a ‘same-day service’. 

Choosing an abortion service in Victoria

There are a number of issues to consider when you choose an abortion service, including:

  • cost
  • privacy and safe access zones
  • process
  • what contraceptive services they offer
  • what support services they offer after the abortion.

Cost

Costs vary between clinics, and depend on whether you hold a Medicare card or a Health Care Card (or both). Even if you are not covered by Medicare, fees may be reimbursed if you have private health insurance. Costs also depend on how many weeks pregnant you are and whether you will be having a surgical or medical abortion. 

Some public hospitals provide a small number of abortions at no cost. 

If you have a Medicare card, out-of-pocket expenses vary and can be upwards of $300 depending on the length of your pregnancy and the procedure you have. If you do not have a Medicare card, out-of-pocket costs can be higher.

Some clinics may reduce the fee if you have a Health Care Card or are experiencing financial difficulty.

Privacy and safe access zones

In May 2016, new laws (Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment [Safe Access Zones] Act 2015) came into effect establishing a legally protected safe access zone of 150 metres around abortion providers. These laws ensure that women and staff who are entering or leaving premises providing abortions can do so safely and privately, without harassment, or obstruction, and in a manner that respects their dignity.

Process

The process of having an abortion depends on how many weeks pregnant you are, whether you have a surgical or medical procedure and the service provider. Your abortion provider will give you more detailed information on what you can expect.

Depending on which type of procedure you choose, some services may require two visits, although many will just require one visit.

It is also important to factor in appropriate recovery time before you return to work or normal routine.

Contraceptive services 

Speaking with a health professional about abortion can also be a good opportunity to discuss contraceptive options. Some services may be able to insert a long-acting reversible contraception such as an IUD (intrauterine device), or other suitable contraception, at the time of the abortion or at your follow-up appointment. 

Afterwards

How you feel after an abortion will depend on your reasons for having one and how comfortable you were about your decision. The majority of women feel relieved and that they made the right decision for them at the time. 

If you find that you need additional support, please let your abortion provider know, as some providers may be able to provide follow-up support or refer you to an appropriate support service.

Abortion services in in Victoria

Statewide abortion services in Victoria

NAME

PHONE

ADDRESS

FEES

DURATION OF PREGNANCY

TYPE OF PROCEDURE AVAILABLE

DAYS OF SERVICE

COUNTRY WOMEN SAME DAY SERVICE

Pregnancy Advisory Service – Royal Women's Hospital, Unplanned Pregnancy Guide (03) 8345 3063 
Because of the high volume of calls, callers may not get through immediately.
Cnr Grattan St & Flemington Rd, Parkville Public patient: no cost (limited places)

Private patient: contact the Pregnancy Advisory Service for fees
6–12 weeks
Limited appointments available up to 18 weeks
Surgical abortion 
Medical abortion 
Monday to Saturday
Yes
Family Planning Victoria (03) 9257 0100 901 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill 3128 Please phone for information regarding fees 

Prices vary for concession and Medicare card holders
Up to 9 weeks Medication abortion
Days of operation vary from week to week

Phone for information and appointments
N/A
Tabbot Foundation 1800 180 880 Telehealth Australia wide except NT and SA $250 with Medicare Card, $600 with no Medicare card 5–9 weeks Surgical abortion 
Medical abortion 
Phone at any time
Rural and remote areas included

Inner Melbourne metropolitan abortion services

NAME

PHONE

ADDRESS

FEES

DURATION OF PREGNANCY

TYPE OF PROCEDURE AVAILABLE

DAYS OF SERVICE

COUNTRY WOMEN SAME DAY SERVICE

Fertility Control Clinic

(03) 9419 2922

116–118 Wellington Pde, East Melbourne

Please phone for information regarding fees

Prices vary for concession and Medicare card holders, and private health card holders

Up to 16 weeks

Usually surgical abortion

Medical abortions may also be available, depending on individual circumstances

Monday to Friday

Yes, some same day services are available

Please contact service to discuss

Dr Marie East Melbourne

1300 405 568

Suite 4, Level 1, 182 Victoria Pde, East Melbourne, 3002

Phone for information regarding fees

Prices vary for concession and Medicare card holders, and for people who are not covered by Medicare

Medical abortion for early pregnancies between 5 and 9 weeks

Medication abortion

Usually Mondays – one initial appointment with a follow up two to three weeks later

Yes, in most circumstances

Please contact service Dr Marie East Melbourne

Dr Marie East St. Kilda

1300 405 568

338 Dandenong Rd, East St Kilda, 3183

Phone for information regarding fees

Prices vary for concession and Medicare card holders, and for people who are not covered by Medicare

Surgical abortion up to 14 weeks

Medical abortion for early pregnancies between 5 and 9 weeks

Medical abortion

Days of operation vary from week to week

Phone for information and appointments

Yes for surgical if an appointment is available

Consultation and procedure usually on the same day for surgical

Western Melbourne metropolitan abortion services

NAME

PHONE

ADDRESS

FEES

DURATION OF PREGNANCY

TYPE OF PROCEDURE AVAILABLE

DAYS OF SERVICE

COUNTRY WOMEN SAME DAY SERVICE

Dr Marie Wyndham Vale 

1300 405 568

510 Ballan Road, Wyndham Vale, 3024

Phone for information regarding fees

Prices vary for concession and Medicare card holders, and for people who are not covered by Medicare

Up to 16 weeks

Medical abortion

Days of operation vary from week to week

Phone for information and appointments

N/A

The Women's Clinic 
St Albans

(03) 9769 4134

145 Furlong Road (at Western Day Surgery) St Albans, 3021

Up to 11 weeks – Medicare card without private health insurance: $320 

Phone for further information regarding fees

Prices vary depending on whether you have a Medicare card, private health insurance and for pregnancies greater than 11 weeks

Up to 15 weeks

Surgical abortion 
Medical abortion 

Days of operation vary from week to week

Phone for information and appointments

Yes for surgical procedures

The Women's Clinic Werribee

(03) 9769 4134

242A Hoppers Ln, (at Wyndham Clinic & Day Surgery) Werribee, 3030

Up to 11 weeks – Medicare card without private health insurance: $320 

Phone for further information regarding fees

Prices vary depending on whether you have a Medicare card, private health insurance and for pregnancies greater than 11 weeks

Up to 15 weeks

Surgical abortion 
Medical abortion 

Days of operation vary from week to week

Phone for information and appointments

Yes for surgical procedures

North Melbourne metropolitan abortion services

NAME

PHONE

ADDRESS

FEES

DURATION OF PREGNANCY

TYPE OF PROCEDURE AVAILABLE

DAYS OF SERVICE

COUNTRY WOMEN SAME DAY SERVICE

Austin Hospital, Family Planning Clinic

03 9496 2533

145 Studley Road, Heidelburg

Medicare card: no cost

Prices vary for concession and Medicare card holders, and for people who are not covered by Medicare

Medical: 4-8 weeks.

Surgical: limited appointments available up to 18 weeks

Medical abortion (early) Surgical abortion

Please call between 9 am and 4 pm, Monday–Friday to arrange an appointment

Yes

Northern Health Pregnancy Advice Service

(03) 9495 3443 to speak to a triage clinician who will arrange your appointment

As the service is moving twice during 2016/2017, you will be advised where to go for your appointment when you call

Public patient: If you have a current Medicare card, no fee for consultation or surgical termination of pregnancy.

If you have no Medicare card, the service is unable to help you at this stage

12 weeks and 4 days from last period, as confirmed on ultrasound.  

The service will do an ultrasound when you attend your appointment

Surgical abortion 

This is usually a ‘same day service’ – you will be seen in the morning and have the procedure a few hours later

Monday to Friday

 

Dr Marie Mill Park 

1300 405 568

20 Civic Drive, Mill Park, 3082

Phone for information regarding fees

Prices vary for concession and Medicare card holders, and for people who are not covered by Medicare

Medical abortion for early pregnancies between 5 and 9 weeks

Medical abortion 

Days of operation vary from week to week

Phone for information and appointments

N/A

Eastern Melbourne metropolitan abortion services

NAME

PHONE

ADDRESS

FEES

DURATION OF PREGNANCY

TYPE OF PROCEDURE AVAILABLE

DAYS OF SERVICE

COUNTRY WOMEN SAME DAY SERVICE

Dr Marie Maroondah 
1300 405 568
411 Dorset Rd, Croydon, 3136
Phone for information regarding fees

Prices vary for concession and Medicare card holders, and for people who are not covered by Medicare
Surgical abortion up to 24 weeks 

Medical abortion for early pregnancies between 5 and 9 weeks

Surgical abortion

Medical abortion

Days of operation vary from week to week

Phone for information and appointments
Depends on type of procedure

Early surgical procedures require one appointment only

Surgical procedures in later pregnancy require two appointments on up to three consecutive days
Contraceptive and Counselling Clinic – Monash Health  
(03) 9594 2457 
Fax referrals to (03) 9594 6438
246 Clayton Rd, Clayton, 3168
Medicare card: no cost

Limited places available

Phone for further information
Less than 12 weeks on the date of the termination

Surgical abortion

Please call between 2 pm and 3 pm on Fridays for a first appointment where a clinician will be available to discuss any queries
No
Monash Family Planning
(03) 9544 9902
252 Clayton Rd, Clayton, 3168
Medicare card: $350
 
Not covered by Medicare: $850
Between 6.5–12 weeks

Surgical abortion

Phone for further information and appointments on Monday and Thursday between 10am and 3pm
No

South Eastern Melbourne metropolitan abortion services

NAME

PHONE

ADDRESS

FEES

DURATION OF PREGNANCY

TYPE OF PROCEDURE AVAILABLE

DAYS OF SERVICE

COUNTRY WOMEN SAME DAY SERVICE

Hampton Park Women's Health Care

(03) 9799 2817

4 Warana Dr, Hampton Park, 3976

Prices change for concession, Medicare and private health card holders

Please call for further information 

Up to 13 weeks

Surgical abortion  

Medical abortion

Monday to Saturday

Yes 

Medical procedures require two appointments around two weeks apart

For country women, this service can organise the follow up with your GP or over the phone

Regional abortion services in Victoria

NAME

PHONE

ADDRESS

FEES

DURATION OF PREGNANCY

TYPE OF PROCEDURE AVAILABLE

DAYS OF SERVICE

COUNTRY WOMEN SAME DAY SERVICE

Gateway Health: Clinic 35

Wangaratta (03) 5723 2000

45-47 Mackay Street, Wangaratta VIC

Appointments and investigations are bulk-billed The total cost for medical abortion is the cost of a PBS Script: $38.30 with Medicare Card $6.20 with a concession card

Up to 9 weeks

Medical abortion

Monday to Friday

Women require a minimum of two appointments

Gateway Health: Clinic 35

Wodonga (02) 6022 8888 

155 High Street Wodonga NSW

Appointments and investigations are bulk-billed The total cost for medical abortion is the cost of a PBS Script: $38.30 with Medicare Card $6.20 with a concession card 

Up to 9 weeks

Medical abortion

Monday to Friday

Women require a minimum of two appointments

Where to get help

  • Your GP – in most cases you can start by contacting your doctor. However, as not all doctors will be supportive, you may want to ring your clinic in advance to find a supportive, pro-choice GP. If you need an interpreter, your GP should also be able to provide an interpreter service by phone
  • The Royal Women’s Hospital:
    • Pregnancy Advisory Service (Royal Women’s Hospital information and support service) Tel. (03) 8345 3063
    • Interpreter services – the Women’s has face-to-face and telephone interpreters who specialise in women's health terminology and are familiar with women's health issues Tel. (03) 8345 3054 
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support services – the Women’s has culturally appropriate support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to address social, emotional and cultural needs Tel (03) 8345 3048 
  • Your local community health centre
  • Family Planning Victoria Tel. (03) 9257 0100 or freecall 1800 013 952
  • Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline 1800 882 436
  • Women’s health service for your region (bottom of page) 
References

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