Age – How does age affect my ability to donate?

There are minimum and maximum ages for blood donation.

Minimum age for whole blood donation

The minimum age to donate blood is 16 years. If you are 16 or 17 and live in Queensland or Western Australia, legislation requires you to bring along a completed parental consent form every time you donate.

Parental Consent Form for 16-17yr olds (WA and QLD)

Parents can learn more about the Blood Service and Working with Children Checks here.

Maximum age for blood donation

The maximum ages for blood donation depend on the kind of donation and if you have given blood before. See below.

Donating whole blood 
When you start donating you will begin by giving whole blood.

  • New donor – You can start donating whole blood any time up until your 71st birthday.
  • Existing donor – You can continue donating whole blood up to your 81st birthday.

Donating plasma or platelets.
If you have only donated whole blood before, you need to be within certain age ranges to be able to switch to donating plasma or platelets. These are:

  • Existing male whole blood donors – If you’re aged 18-60 years (i.e. not yet 61) and meet other eligibility criteria.
  • Existing female whole blood donors – If you’re aged 20-60 years (i.e. not yet 61) and meet other eligibility criteria.
  • Existing whole blood donors aged 61-65 years – Subject to approval by the Blood Service. This is to ensure donating won’t affect your health.

If you’re already a plasma and/or platelet donor, you can donate right up until your 81st birthday.