Summary

  • Abortion is a 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 your options.
  • Most abortion service providers in Victoria are located in Melbourne. Some provide ‘same day’ services for women from country areas.
  • Abortion services are available in some regional areas. Your GP or 1800 My Options (Tel. 1800 696 784) can provide you with details of these services. 
  • When there are fees, costs vary among clinics. Discounts are sometimes available for concession card holders. 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 safe and legal medical procedure in Victoria. Abortion services are located in both Melbourne and regional Victoria, although the majority of Victorian service providers are in Melbourne. The costs, procedures and time required can vary from service to service.

Depending on how long you have been pregnant, and service availability, you may have the option of either a medication 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 factsheets:

The gestation of your pregnancy, or ‘how many weeks pregnant you are’, is counted from the first day of your last period. Medication 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.

1800 My Options is Victoria’s Sexual and Reproductive Health information phone line. It is a woman-centred service, established to provide information on contraception, pregnancy options and sexual health. This includes providing:

  • a non-clinical and non-judgemental service
  • information on relevant clinical services
  • information on support and counselling services, based on each woman’s needs.

If you need information about how to confirm a pregnancy, or assistance with decision-making or support you can:

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

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.

Costs of abortion services in Victoria

Costs vary among clinics and depend on:

  • whether the service charges fees or not
  • the gestation of your pregnancy (how many weeks pregnant you are) 
  • what sort of abortion procedure you will be having
  • whether you have a Medicare card 
  • whether you have a Health Care Card 
  • whether you have private health insurance, and what your insurance covers
  • whether you attend a public hospital, a community health service, a private clinic or a GP.

The process of having an abortion

The process of having an abortion depends on how many weeks pregnant you are, whether you have a surgical or medication 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, others will require one.

Abortion and 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 provide long-acting reversible contraception such as an IUD (intrauterine device), or a contraceptive implant or injection, at the time of the abortion or at your follow-up appointment. 

Support services after an abortion

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 providers will either offer follow-up support or refer you to an appropriate support service. You can also access this information via 1800myoptions.org.au or by phoning 1800 My Options (1800 696 784). 

Privacy and safe access zones

In May 2016, the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 was amended to provide for the establishment of legally protected safe access zones within a radius of 150 metres around abortion providers. This is to ensure that women and staff who are entering or leaving premises providing abortions can do so safely and privately, without harassment or obstruction.

Abortion services in Victoria

Surgical abortion services tend to be concentrated in metropolitan Melbourne. There are some surgical services available in regional areas. Medication abortion is also available through some health clinics and regional GPs. 

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

To find abortion services, discuss your options with 1800 My Options phone line, your GP, or your local community health or women’s health organisation. There are some rural and regional abortion providers that are not listed below. 

Telemedicine abortion services

Telemedicine uses telecommunication technologies to exchange health information and provide healthcare services. Healthcare providers that offer medication abortion services via telemedicine include:

Name 

Phone

Telemedicine Services

Fees

Duration of Pregnancy

Type of Procedure Available

Days of Service

Marie Stopes Australia 1300 323 197

Marie Stopes Australia offers telehealth services in some circumstances.

Call for eligibility information Phone for information regarding fees

Prices vary for concession and Medicare card holders, and for people who are not covered by Medicare 5–9 weeks Medication abortion
Contact for information and appointments
Tabbot Foundation 1800 180 880 Services provided via telephone Australia-wide except NT and SA Rural and remote areas included $250 with Medicare Card, $600 with no Medicare card 5–9 weeks Medical abortion 
Phone at any time

Inner Melbourne metropolitan abortion services

Name

Phone

Address

Fees

Duration of Pregnancy

Type of Procedure Available

Days of Service

Country Women Same Day Service

Royal Women's Hospital, Abortion and Contraception Clinic

(03) 8345 2000 Cnr Grattan St and Flemington Rd, Parkville  Public patient: no cost 6 - 24 weeks (and after that in certain circumstances)

Surgical abortion

Medication abortion

 Monday to Friday  Yes
Fertility Control Clinic

(03) 9419 2922

116–118 Wellington Pde, East Melbourne, VIC, 3002

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

Medication abortions are also available.

Monday to Saturday

Yes, some same day services are available

Please contact service to discuss

Marie Stopes Australia, East Melbourne

1300 405 568

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

Marie Stopes Australia, St. Kilda

1300 405 568

338 Dandenong Rd, East St Kilda, VIC, 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

Medication 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

Marie Stopes Australia, Wyndham Vale 

1300 405 568

510 Ballan Road, Wyndham Vale, VIC, 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, VIC, 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, VIC, 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

Cohealth, Footscray

(03) 9448 5502

78 Paisley Street Footscray, VIC, 3011

Please phone for information regarding consultation fees.

Bulk billing available for concession and Medicare card holders. fees may apply relating to ultrasound services

Up to 9 weeks

Medication abortion

Will vary depending on GP availability.

Please phone for information and appointments

N/A

Cohealth West Footscray

(03) 9448 5501

575a Barkly Street, West Footscray, VIC, 3012

Please phone for information regarding consultation fees.

Bulk billing available for concession and Medicare card holders. fees may apply relating to ultrasound services

Up to 9 weeks 

Medication abortion

Will vary depending on GP availability.

Please phone for information and appointments

N/A 

Cohealth Laverton

(03) 9448 5534

95-105 Railway Avenue
Laverton,VIC, 3028

Please phone for information regarding consultation fees.

Bulk billing available for concession and Medicare card holders. fees may apply relating to ultrasound services

up to 9 weeks

Medication abortion

Will vary depending on GP availability.

Please phone for information and appointments

N/A 

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, VIC, 3084

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

Marie Stopes Australia, Mill Park 

1300 405 568

20 Civic Drive, Mill Park, VIC, 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

Marie Stopes Australia, Maroondah 
1300 405 568
411 Dorset Rd, Croydon, VIC, 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, VIC, 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 Surgical Private Hospital
(03) 9544 9902
252 Clayton Rd, Clayton, VIC, 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
Family Planning Victoria
(03) 9257 0100
901 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill, VIC, 3128
Prices vary for concession and Medicare card holders
Up to 9 weeks

Medical abortion

Phone for information and appointments
N/A

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, VIC, 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

(03) 5723 2000

45-47 Mackay Street, Wangaratta, VIC, 3677

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

(02) 6022 8888 

155 High Street Wodonga, VIC, 3690

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

Disclaimer: At the time of writing this information was correct. Please confirm details with specific service providers when you first contact them.

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
  • Your local community health centre
  • 1800myoptions.org.au, Tel. 1800 696 784
  • 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) 
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