The Australian Organ Donor Register is where you can register your donation decision for after your death. You can list your decision to donate for transplants, including which organs and tissue you want to donate.
You can’t use the register to donate your organs and tissue for research purposes.
It’s important to tell your family your decision about being an organ and tissue donor. This is because they’ll have the final say.
Your family need to agree to donate your organs and tissue when you die. They may be more likely to follow your wishes if they already know about them.
Read more about organ donation on the DonateLife website.
Who can be on the register
You must be 16 or older to register.
How to get on the register
You can record your decision in different ways. You can register online, use our app, or fill in a printed form.
Once you’ve recorded your details on the register we’ll send you a donor card. It will take about 3 weeks to arrive in the post. If you have the Express Plus Medicare mobile app you can access a digital copy of the card.
You can carry your physical card with you as a symbol of your decision to donate. However, you don't need to carry it to have your organs donated.
You can register online through:
- your Medicare online account through myGov
- the Express Plus Medicare mobile app
- the online form on the DonateLife website.
If you don’t have a myGov account linked to a Medicare online account, you’ll need to set it up.
Fill in the Australian Organ Donor Register form.
You can either:
Submit it at a service centre, fax or post it to us for free. These details are on the form.
If you give your Medicare number on the form, you'll help us keep your details up to date.
How to change your choices
At any time you can:
- change your choice about being a donor
- change the organs or tissue you want to donate
- ask for a new donor card from us.
You can do this, by either:
Page last updated: 3 May 2019