Organ and tissue donation
Donating organs and tissue — such as kidneys, livers and bone marrow — can save people’s lives. Depending on the organ or tissue, you can donate while you’re alive or after you die. Find out what we’re doing to support donors and people waiting for transplants.
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Organ and tissue donation in Australia
Our donation rate in Australia has doubled in recent years but we still need to do more. Right now, more than:
- 1,400 people are waiting for a life-saving transplant
- 11,000 people are on dialysis, many of whom would benefit from a kidney transplant
In 2018, 8,258 people received a tissue or tissue-based product transplant from donations by 4,147 tissue donors, including 3,810 living tissue donors and 337 deceased tissue donors.
There were also a record 1,394 eye donors and 2,258 corneal transplants.
This represents a doubling in both the number of eye donors and transplants compared with 2009.
Since 2009, more than 19,000 Australians have received a corneal transplant.
To make a difference, you can be a living donor or register your decision to be an organ or tissue donor after you die.
Australian Organ Donor Register
Register your decision to be an organ or tissue donor after you die to save the lives of other people. Call the register from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm.
What we’re doing about organ and tissue donation
We work with the OTA to respond to reviews of organ and tissue donation in Australia. Our responses set out the actions that the Australian Government will take to help meet the growing need for donated organs and tissue.
We also support living donors and people who need transplants through our programs and services.