The Australian Organ Donor Register

This page provides information on the Australian Organ Donor Register.

Page last updated: 03 July 2013

What is the Australian Organ Donor Register?

The Australian Organ Donor Register enables people to record their decision about becoming an organ and tissue donor for transplantation after their death.

The Australian Organ Donor Register is not for the purpose of recording decisions about donating organ and tissue for scientific research purposes or for the manufacture of biological medical products.

Who can register as a donor?

Only people aged 18 years and over can register their legally valid consent or objection on the Australian Organ Donor Register. If you are 16 or 17 years old you can still register your intention to donate by completing and returning the form at the back of this brochure.

People aged less than 18 years can become organ and tissue donors, although consent will need to be obtained from a family member at the time of death.

Who can donate organs and tissue?

Anyone can donate organs and tissue – there is no age limit on the donation of some organs and tissue. While your age and medical history will be considered, you shouldn’t assume you are too young, too old or too unhealthy.

How do I record my consent on the Australian Organ Donor Register?

Registration is easy, voluntary and allows you to choose which organs and tissue you are willing to donate. To register, you can:

  • Visit your local Medicare office, where you can pick up a Donor Register brochure and registration form
  • Telephone 1800 777 203

What if I’m already registered as a donor elsewhere?

It is important that you register your consent to be an organ and tissue donor on the Australian Organ Donor Register, which is the only national register for organ and tissue donation for transplantation.

Even if you have previously expressed an intention to donate organs and tissue, for example, by ticking a box on a driver’s licence renewal or registering elsewhere, it is very important that you update your details and register your consent to be an organ or tissue donor on the Australian Organ Donor Register.

By recording your consent on the Australian Organ Donor Register, you can be confident that your consent will be recognised should the circumstances arise when you may become an organ or tissue donor.

Can I register a ‘no’?

If you do not want to become an organ or tissue donor, you can register your decision not to donate on the Australian Organ Donor Register by completing and returning the form at the back of this brochure.

Should I discuss my decision about donation with my family, partner or friends?

It is important to discuss your decision with your family, partner or close friends.

By registering your decision on the Australian Organ Donor Register, you will ease the burden on your family of having to make this decision on your behalf.

They will be an important part of the donation process so you need to make sure they are aware of your decision to register your consent on the Australian Organ Donor Register.

Your family member, partner or friend will be asked to confirm that you had not changed your mind since you registered your consent or your decision not to donate.

Where you have recorded your consent to donate organs and tissue, your family member, partner or friend will be asked questions regarding your medical history to determine which organs and tissue may be suitable for transplantation.

The more family members who know of your decision about organ and tissue donation, the easier they will find it to ensure your decision is respected and fulfilled.

How do I change my details recorded on the Australian Organ Donor Register?

You can alter your details recorded on the Australian Organ Donor Register, including your consent to donate, by calling 1800 777 203 to request a change of details form be sent to you, visiting The Department of Human Services website to download a change of details form, or visiting any Medicare office and asking for a change of details form.

Who can get information about donors from the donor register?

Only authorised medical personnel (medical professionals associated with donation and transplantation activities) can get information from the donor register, subject to strict privacy controls.

Where can I get more information about the donor register?

See Department of Human Services website.

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