Australian Organ Donor Register
The Australian Organ Donor Register (the Donor Register) is managed by the Department of Human Services on behalf of the Australian Government. 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.
Registering is voluntary and people have complete choice over which organs and tissues they wish to donate. If a person does not want to become an organ and tissue donor, they can register their decision not to donate on the Donor Register.
The Donor Register makes sure a person’s donation decision can be accessed 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 may be accessed from the Donor Register by authorised personnel and provided to the family of the deceased.
It’s important for individuals to discuss their donation decision with their family or those close to them as they’ll be asked to give consent.
The Donor Register isn’t for registering decisions about donating organs and tissue for scientific research purposes.
Hospital procedures in relation to donation are one factor which can influence donation rates. Intensive care clinicians play an important role in maintaining intensive care patients, emergency department procedures and requesting donation.
GPs can also play a role by talking to patients and families about organ and tissue donation. Practice staff and GPs can request copies of brochures to give to their patients by calling the Donor Register on 1800 777 203.
More information about the Donor Register, including who can register, which tissues and organs can be donated, how the register works and how to register a decision, is on the Department of Human Services’ Australian Organ Donor Register webpage.
Last updated: 23 September, 2013