On 21 March 2018, the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report:
(a) the science of mitochondrial donation and its ability to prevent transmission of mitochondrial disease;
(b) the safety and efficacy of these techniques, as well as ethical considerations;
(c) the status of these techniques elsewhere in the world and their relevance to Australian families;
(d) the current impact of mitochondrial disease on Australian families and the healthcare sector;
(e) consideration of changes to legal and ethical frameworks that would be required if mitochondrial donation was to be introduced in Australia;
(f) the value and impact of introducing mitochondrial donation in Australia; and
(g) other related matters.
Submissions were sought by 11 May 2018. The reporting date is 19 June 2018.