International commercial surrogacy – hiring a surrogate in another country – is legal in all Australian states EXCEPT Queensland, the ACT and New South Wales. Some same-sex male couples choose to hire surrogates in the United States or Canada, but this can be very costly. While fees to the actual surrogate may be only $25,000 – $30,000, the addition of travel, medical, legal and clinic fees may bring the cost up to $100,000 to $200,000.
India is no longer an option for same-sex couples. In 2012, Indian law changed and only heterosexual couples, married for at least two years, may hire surrogates in India.
There are numerous international treaties and agreements as well as federal and state Australian laws surrounding international surrogacy. Speak to a family lawyer experienced in issues of surrogacy before starting the process.