1 in 3 Australians will need blood


The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is a division of the Australian Red Cross. We’re funded by the federal, state and territory governments of Australia to supply the community with safe, high quality blood and blood products, as well as organ and bone marrow services for transplantation. Learn more about our history.

Our important work is only possible through the incredible donations of over half a million unpaid voluntary donors.


We're in the business of saving lives

Manage the blood supply

Supplying blood safely to 25 million people across 7 million square kilometres is a huge medical and logistical exercise.

Bone marrow, organ and tissue donation

We contribute expertise, leadership and support for transplantations of bone marrow, organ and tissue donations.

Research and other clinical services

Including research into blood and transfusion, biological banking, registry and screening, clinical trials, manufacturing, and consulting.

Careers at the Blood Service




The Board plays a vital role in ensuring the governance of the Blood Service.



Each of our Executive team members leads a division within our business.


Donor ServicesManages the collection of blood donations, relationships with donors, contact centre operations, building community relationships and management of facilities.FinanceTo enable the business to make efficient and effective decisions; provide financial governance; leverage technology to delivery agile solutions and actively partner with the business to advance our corporate health. 
People and CulturePartners with and enables the business through advancing our safety imperative, aligning people initiatives to support the organisation’s strategic plan and enriching the employee experience.  Information & Communications TechnologyManages the hardware and software needed to efficiently run the Blood Service, including the National Blood Management System (NBMS) and the National Transplant Systems (NTS).
ManufacturingProcesses blood donations, ensuring they are tested and efficiently distributed to meet demand.Business Improvement and TransformationSupports the organisation through business strategy, policy advice and driving transformational change with an organisation-wide impact. Areas of responsibility include strategic planning, risk management, oversight of national projects portfolio, quality services, marketing, public relations and internal communications, lean strategy and international services.
Clinical Services and ResearchSupports optimal, safe practices at every stage of the blood journey, from donation to transfusion. Provides clinical oversight of both donor and patient safety relating to blood and tissue products creates and translates unique, world-class knowledge in blood transfusion-related research.CorporateIncludes the Board Secretary, Legal and Government Relations, the Chief Executive Advisor as well as the Office of the Chief Executive.
Innovation and Commercial StrategyLeverages the strengths and capabilities of the organisation to develop growth opportunities, innovation and future commercial pathways that will position the Blood Service as a recognised leader in its field, both locally and globally, and enhance our Transplantation and Immunogenetics work.  

beyond blood

Our service goes beyond just blood. The Australian Red Cross Blood Service draws upon our core strengths of safety, quality, specialised expertise and national infrastructure to help enhance healthcare in Australia to deliver improved patient outcomes.


Annual report

Each year the Australian Red Cross Blood Service lodges an annual report detailing the financial and performance information gathered over the financial year. These documents are part of the public record.


Blood Service Annual Report 2016–17
Blood Service Annual Report 2016–17 – Financial Statements

Previous years 

Blood Service Annual Report 2015 - 2016

Blood Service Annual Report 2014 - 2015

Blood Service Annual Report 2013 - 2014

Blood Service Annual Report 2012 - 2013

Blood Service Annual Report 2011 - 2012

Strategic plan

At the leading edge outlines the key areas of future focus for the Blood Service and articulates what needs to be achieved to be at the top of our game.

Blood Service Strategic Plan 2017-2019 - At the leading edge

Business plan

The business plan for 2018-19 is in support of the final year of our strategic plan, At the leading edge.

Business Plan 2018-19


For information on current tenders and tenders are coming up please see the details below - suppliers are advised to monitor this page for updates.

Tenders are advertised on this web page and may be advertised in other forms of media so please refer to the tender advertisement for registration details.

Please refer to the Quick Reference Guide for steps on how to access and use our online Tendering Tool via SmartSource.

For other queries, please see the Supplier FAQs.


Tender Name: National Transportation RFT (Airfreight)

Tender Description: The Australian Red Cross Blood Service wishes to advise suppliers of a National Airfreight Request for Tender (RFT).

The Blood Service is seeking an RFT from airfreight businesses to pick up Blood products from our Donor Centres located throughout Australia. There is also a requirement within the transport network to deliver processed Blood products to the customers/hospitals.

Interested parties please register here.

Please direct enquiries to NationalProcurementAUS@redcrossblood.org.au

Registration Closing date: 5.00pm AEST Monday 15 October 2018

Expected Tender Documentation Release date: Tuesday 16 October 2018

Tender Closing date: Tuesday 6 November 2018


Tender Name: Sourcing Tool

Tender Description: The Australian Red Cross Blood Service wishes to advise suppliers of sourcing tool solutions of this Expression of Interest (EOI).

The Blood Service are seeking responses from businesses to supply SAAS and/or web-based sourcing tool solutions.  

To be considered for the resultant Request for Tender in 2019, this EOI phase must be completed.

In order to receive more details about how to participate in the EOI, email Sourcing_Tool_EOI@redcrossblood.org.au indicating the tender name, your name, your phone number, your company, and a return email address.

Registration closing date: 4.00pm AEST Friday 19 October 2018

Expected EOI release date: 23 October 2018

EOI Closing date: 4.00pm AEST Friday 9 November 2018


Tender Name: Rapid Plasma Freezers RFT

Tender Description: The Australian Red Cross Blood Service wishes to advise suppliers of a Rapid Plasma Freezers Request for Tender (RFT). The Blood Service is seeking an RFT to replace the Rapid Freezing units used for the purpose of freezing plasma components, as the existing fleet of freezers are ageing and require replacement. 

The scope of this tender will include: 

  1. Supply, delivery, installation and commissioning of the rapid plasma freezers
  2. All required peripheral equipment and software
  3. Equipment Calibration and Maintenance (preventative and unplanned as applicable)
  4. Disposal of existing machinery and consumables where appropriate

The selected plasma freezers will be installed and used nationally across all five processing centres (Brisbane, Darwin, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney). 

The Blood Service is regulated by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA). 

Interested parties please register here.

Please direct enquiries to NationalProcurementAUS@redcrossblood.org.au

Registration Closing date: 5.00pm AEST  26 September 2018

Expected Tender Documentation Release date: 27 September 2018

Tender Closing date: (RFT closing date is by 5.00pm AEST, 24 October 2018)

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