Australian Organ Donor Register

The national register where you enter your organ and tissue donation decision.

Who can be on the register

You must be 16 or older to register.

What the register is

It’s the national register for decisions about donating organs and tissue for transplant after death. The register lists people's donation decisions.

You don’t have to be on it to be a donor. But it’s the best way to make your decision clear.

You decide:

  • if you want to donate
  • which organs and tissue you want to give

The register only covers donations for transplants. Donations for research aren't included on the register.

Only authorised medical personnel (AMP) can check the register. They must have approval from the Australian Government to access it.

The register only gives information:

  • to AMPs who have Australian Government approval, or
  • where a law says it can or must

Why register

It’s important to put your decision on the register. Even if you’ve put it elsewhere, like on your driver’s licence.

If you register, AMPs around Australia can see you're a donor. They can check for donors 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Transplants need to be fast, so this is vital.

Why donate

Transplants give people a second chance at life. At any time more than 1,300 Australians are on organ transplant waiting lists.

By registering your decision you can:

  • save up to 10 lives, and
  • improve many more

Read about organ donation on the DonateLife website.

Why you should tell your family

It’s important to tell your family your decision about being an organ and tissue donor. They’ll have the final say.

When you die, they need to agree before your organs and tissue can be donated. They’re more likely to follow your wishes if they already know about them.

How to register

You can register online, using an app or filling in a printed form.

Online

You can register online through:

Read our myGov online guides if you need help to create a myGov account or link your myGov account to your Medicare online account.

Printed form

Fill in the Australian Organ Donor Register form.

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 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

To do this:

Where to find out more

Get the facts about donating organs and tissue on the DonateLife website.

Page last updated: 27 September 2018