The national register where you enter your organ and tissue donation decision.
You must be 16 or older to register.
It’s the national register for decisions about donating organs and tissue for transplantation after death.
You don’t have to be on it. But it’s the best way to make your decision clear.
The register only covers donations for transplants - not those for research.
It’s important to put your decision on the register even if you’ve put it elsewhere, like on your driver’s licence.
The register is available for AMPs around Australia to check for donors 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Transplants need to be fast, so this is vital.
Transplants give people a second chance at life. At any time more than 1,300 Australians are on waiting lists for organs.
By registering your decision you can:
Read about organ donation on the DonateLife website.
It’s important to tell your family your decision about being an organ donor. They’ll have the final say.
When you die, they need to agree before your organs can be donated. They’re more likely to follow your wishes if they already know about them.
The register can only give information:
You can do this online, using an app or filling in a printed form.
You can register online through:
Read our online guides if you need help to:
You can either:
Submit it at a service centre or post it to us for free. The address is on the form.
If you give your Medicare number on the form you’ll:
At any time you can:
To do this:
The DonateLife website gives the facts about donating organs and tissue.
This information is intended as a general guide to the department’s payments and services.
It is based on the selections made by a user of the department’s ‘create your own brochure’ facility.
It may not include all of the relevant information on this topic. If you decide to apply for a payment,
the department can give you more specific advice with regard to your particular circumstances.
This information was printed on 25 May 2017 from https://www.humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/medicare/australian-organ-donor-register. The information in this brochure is provided subject to the disclaimer at humanservices.gov.au/siteinformation.