Australian Organ Donor Register

The only national register for people to record their decision about becoming an organ and tissue donor for transplantation after death.

Eligibility basics

  • you must be 16 years or older to register

About the Australian Organ Donor Register

The Donor Register is the only national register to record your decision about donating your organs and tissue for transplantation after death.

Recording your donation decision on the Donor Register is voluntary and you have complete choice over which organs and tissue you wish to donate.

It’s important to register your decision on the Donor Register, even if you’ve already recorded your choice somewhere else, such as ticking the box on your driver licence renewal.

The Donor Register lets authorised medical staff who have permission from the Australian Government, check your donation decision anywhere in Australia, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They can then give that information to your family when you die.

In Australia, families are always asked to confirm the donation decision of their loved one before donation can proceed. Discuss your decision with your family and those close to you.

The Donor Register only records decisions about donating organs and tissue for transplant, not for scientific research.

Organ donation

For people with serious or life threatening illnesses, an organ or tissue transplant could mean a second chance at life. Around 1,500 people are on Australian organ transplant waiting lists at any one time.

By choosing to record your donation decision on the Donor Register, you could save the lives of up to 10 people and improve the lives of many more.

Read more about organ donation on the Donate Life website.

Discuss your decision with family

While the Donor Register is an easy way to record your donation decision, it’s important to discuss your decision with your family or those close to you, because they will be asked to give consent if you die.

Your family or those close to you will be asked to confirm you hadn’t changed your mind since you recorded your donation decision on the Donor Register. Families that know each other’s donation decisions are more likely to follow them.

Privacy

Collecting information on the Donor Register is authorised by the Human Services (Medicare) Act 1973.

This information may only be given to authorised medical staff approved by the Australian Government, or where authorised or required by law.

How to register

You can register online or using a form.

Online

Register using your Medicare online account through myGov. If you don’t have a myGov account, create one and link your account to Medicare.

Then sign in to myGov and select Services, then Medicare.

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You can also register using the Express Plus Medicare mobile app or the Australian Organ Donor Register Registration online form.

By form

Download and complete the New registration, change or removal of details form or pick up a brochure that includes a registration form from a service centre.

Submit your completed form at a service centre or post it to the reply paid address on the form.

If you tell us your Medicare card number it will help to keep your details up to date. It can also help in identifying your record if you’re considered as an organ donor in the future. It’s not compulsory to link your donor registration to your Medicare record.

Update your donation decision

Once you’ve registered and linked your donor registration to your Medicare online account, you can manage your registration online through myGov. You can update the organs or tissues you want to donate, change your donation decision or request a new card if eligible.

You can also update your donation decision by using the new registration, change or removal of address details form.

Resources

The DonateLife website gives you the facts about organ and tissue donation and lets you send a personalised message to people close to you about your decision to become an organ or tissue donor.

Page last updated: 19 September 2016