Organ donation, retrieval and transplantation policy
In 2018, the Government agreed to an independent review of Australia’s organ donation, retrieval and transplantation system. The review is considering current systems, practices and processes across the sector.
The first phase of the review looked at pre and post-transplantation services and identified barriers to equity of access to transplant waiting lists and transplantation services.
Read the Ernst & Young Review of the organ donation, retrieval and transplantation system final report and All Government’s statement.
Ernst & Young also completed a review in 2015. Read the:
- final report on the review of the implementation of the national reform agenda on organ and tissue donation and transplantation
- Government response to the report.
The second phase will develop a National Strategy through consideration of the final report’s recommendations and stakeholder consultation.
Eye and tissue policy
PricewaterhouseCoopers conducted an analysis on the Australian tissue sector in 2016. Read the:
The National Eye and Tissue Sector Framework forms the response of all Australian governments to the Analysis of the Australian Tissue Sector.
The framework provides the future directions for the Australian eye and tissue sector. It sets the national objectives to achieve the vision that all Australians have safe, equitable and ethical access to life‑altering and/or life‑saving tissue transplantation, through a strong and effective Australian eye and tissue donation for transplantation sector.
Transition Action Plan
The Transition Action Plan (TAP) builds on work to date on both the organ and eye and tissue sector reviews by identifying actions agreed by all governments.
All Australian Governments are committed to consulting internal and external stakeholders at all stages of the organ and eye and tissue sectors review process.
Human tissue acts govern organ and tissue donation in each Australian state and territory:
- Queensland: Transplantation and Anatomy Act 1979
- New South Wales: Human Tissue Act 1983
- Australian Capital Territory: Transplantation and Anatomy Act 1978
- Victoria: Human Tissue Act 1982
- Tasmania: Human Tissue Act 1985
- Northern Territory: Transplantation and Anatomy Act 1979
- South Australia: Transplantation and Anatomy Act 1983
- Western Australia: Human Tissue and Transplant Act 1982.
Regulation and compliance
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guides ethical standards for donation and clinical practice.
Initiatives and programs
We support living donors and people who need transplants through the:
Who we work with
We work with them to respond to reviews of organ and tissue donation in Australia. We develop actions that the Government will take to help meet the need for donated organs and tissue.
We also work with state and territory governments to ensure Australia has the best systems in place to support organ donation and to get the best transplantation results.
- gives evidence-based, authoritative health advice
- sets guidelines and ethical standards
- funds organ and tissue donation and transplantation research projects through its research grants programs.
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