Some Facts and Figures

Around 1,700 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists at any one time.

You could save the lives of up to 10 people and improve the lives of dozens more.

Donation can involve:

  • organs—including kidneys, heart, lungs, liver and pancreas
  • tissue—including heart valves, bone tissue, skin and eye tissue

Almost anyone can donate organs and/or 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’re too young, too old or not healthy enough to become a donor.

Removing organs and tissue is no different from any other surgical operation, and is performed by highly skilled health professionals. The donor’s body is always treated with dignity and respect. Donating organs and/or tissue does not change the body’s physical appearance, and it does not affect funeral arrangements

Your personal information is safe

Only authorised medical staff who have permission from the Australian Government, have access to information recorded on the Donor Register.