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Who can give
- Australia has one of the safest blood supply systems in the world.
- You can donate whole blood every 12 weeks.
- O negative blood is universal and can be given to anyone.
- Plasma and platelet donations can be made every 2 weeks.
- Every whole blood donation can save 3 lives.
- 1 in 3 people will need blood. Only 1 in 30 gives blood.
- Australia needs over 27,000 blood donations every week.
- 470mL of blood is collected when you give whole blood.
- Within 24-48 hours of giving blood, your blood volume is completely restored.
- Giving blood only takes about an hour.
- Plasma donations can be used to make 18 different products.
- Red blood cells have a shelf life of 42 days.
- 34% of donated blood goes towards helping cancer patients.
- You can start giving blood at 16.
- The blood service has been collecting blood for over 80 years.
- You can donate double platelets – helping twice as many people.
- Platelets have a shelf life of only 5 days.
School & uni group donations
Club Red encourages students at school, TAFE or university to get a group of friends together and give blood.
Generally speaking, you can give blood if you:
- are aged 16 or over
- weigh more than 50kgs
- are feeling healthy and well
- meet other eligibility guidelines - see FAQs for more details.
How do I join Club Red?
- Select a Club Red coordinator for your school or uni
- One person from your group needs to register and we’ll send you an information pack
- Encourage your members to join your Club Red group.
- You can track your group donations online and see how many lives your group saves.
To find out more, take a look at our brochure and if you're interested in joining Club Red register here or call us on 13 14 95.
Club Red Brochure (1.2 MB)
Parental consent for under 18s in QLD or WA
If you are under 18 years of age and live in Queensland or Western Australia a parental consent form is required. To meet State Government's requirements, we can only accept the attached form for consent purposes - we cannot accept written notes, letters or adapted forms.
The consent form also contains frequently asked questions by 16-17 old donors, and information about giving blood
Parental consent form for QLD and WA (98.4 KB)
Working with children legislation
The Blood Service complies with current Working with Children legislation across each state. The legislation does not require Blood Service staff to obtain Working with Children checks and covers the following:
- Blood Service promotional visits to schools
- Donor Mobile Unit visits to schools with Blood Service staff
- Receiving school groups into Donor Centres.
- Blood Service staff driving children to and from donor centres
If a school representative would like to have a Working with Children check undertaken, the Principal of the relevant school should email the request to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond within 3 business days.
If you want to find out more about blood or blood donation, take a look at our student resources section.
Become a Youth Ambassador
Take on a fulfilling leadership role, where you encourage your peers to get on board and raise awareness of the ongoing need for blood. Download our Youth Ambassador Handbook 2013.