Youth (under 18) – I am under 18 years old. How often can I donate?

The minimum age for whole blood donation in Australia is currently 16 years and donors aged 16 and 17 can donate only once every 12 months. However, we’re now in the process of transitioning to a minimum age of 18 years. The new policy will come into effect on 14 January 2018 and will apply to both new and existing donors. While donors aged 16 and 17 remain eligible to donate before the policy comes into effect, the Blood Service recommends they postpone any further donations until after they turn 18.

If you donate in WA or QLD, parental consent is required for you to donate. To be eligible to donate before 14 January 2018, your parent/guardian must complete both the Parental Consent Form (and supplement) for 16-17yr olds (WA and QLD)


Read more about the age change policy

Once you turn 18 you can give blood as often as every 12 weeks.