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Easy Steps to Donation

The Australian Organ Donor Register (the Donor Register) is the only national register for people to record their decision about becoming an organ and tissue donor for transplantation after death.

The Donor Register ensures a person's donation decision can be verified 24 hours a day, seven days a week by authorised personnel anywhere in Australia. In the event of a person's death, information about their donation decision, accessed from the Donor Register by authorised personnel, can be provided to the family of the deceased.

There are three ways a person can register their decision on organ and tissue donation.

  • Visit donorregister.gov.au decide to register online and find out more information on organ and tissue donation.
  • call 1800 777 203
  • visit a Medicare office

Your local GP may also have registration forms. You must be 16 years or older to register your organ donation decision on the register.

Even if you have previously registered your decision elsewhere (for example by ticking a box on your driver’s licence renewal) it is still important that you register on the Australian Organ Donor Register as it is the only national register and details can be linked to your Medicare number.

After you have made your decision, it is important to discuss this with your family and friends so they know how you feel about organ and tissue donation. In the event of your death, they will be asked to confirm your donation wish. In Australia, the family will always be asked to confirm the donation wishes of the deceased before donation for transplantation can proceed – even if you are registered on the Donor Register.

It is also important that you ask and know the donation wishes of your family members so that, should the situation arise, you can uphold their wishes.