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Become an organ donor

By choosing to become an organ donor you may save or improve the lives of up to 10 people who have serious or life-threatening illnesses.

For these people, organ or tissue transplantation may mean a second chance at life, or an improved quality of life.

There are approximately 1,500 people in Australia on organ transplant waiting lists at any given time. Some of them will die waiting.

In 2015, there were 435 organ donors in Australia, which represents was the highest since national records began.

The Australian Organ Donor Register

The Australian Organ Donor Register is Australia's only register for people to record their decision about becoming an organ and/or tissue donor for transplantation after death.

It is designed to allow people to ensure their consent (or objection) to donating organs and/or tissue for transplantation can be verified by authorised medical personnel anywhere in Australia 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Family consent is always needed before donation can go ahead, so remember to discuss your decision with your family and those close to you.

Who can be listed on the Register?

Only people aged 16 and over will be able to record their consent on the Donor Register. 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’re too young, too old or not healthy enough to become a donor.

When you fill in the form to get on the Donor Register, you may limit your donation to only certain organs or tissue if you wish.

How to register

Online registration is available here.

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