Organ and tissue donation in Australia

Donating organs and tissue saves and transforms lives. Our donation rate has been rising, but we still need to do more. Read statistics about how many people donate and receive organs and tissues, and who governs organ and tissue donation in Australia.

The size of the problem

Our donation rate in Australia has doubled in recent years, but we still need to do more.

Right now, more than:

  • 1,600 people are waiting for a life-saving transplant
  • 12,000 people are on dialysis, many of whom would benefit from a kidney transplant

In 2019, 10,310 people received a tissue or tissue-based product transplant from 4,147 tissue donors, including:

  • 3,504 living tissue donors
  • 312 deceased tissue donors

There were also a record 1,508 eye donors and 2,414 corneal transplants — more than twice as many as there were in 2009.

Since 2009, more than 21,500 Australians have received a corneal transplant.

Read more on what we’re doing about organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Who governs organ and tissue donation in Australia

The Australian Government Department of Health sets national organ and tissue donation and transplantation policy.

Our portfolio agency, the Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA), works to improve organ and tissue donation and transplantation outcomes in Australia on behalf of the Government.

To do this, they work with:

  • states and territories
  • clinicians
  • the community sector
  • the general public

Services Australia hosts and manages the Australian Organ Donor Register — the national register where you can record your organ and tissue donation decision.

Last updated: 
27 May 2020

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