Heartbeat of the nation

On 15 November 2019 we changed from Australian Red Cross Blood Service to Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.

For regular blood, plasma and platelet donors, nothing much has changed. They still continue to support Australians with generous donations, just as they have for 90 years. Learn about our history 

But for some people, our new name is quite literally life-changing. That’s because we’re also helping to facilitate the donation of tissue, organs, breast milk, and other life-saving biological products. Discover our purpose.

So, while you might not notice much of a difference, to someone in need of more than blood, life quite literally depends on Lifeblood.

Lifeblood is governed by the Lifeblood Board, which includes our Chief Executive Shelly Park. 

Lifeblood is funded by Australian Governments to provide life-giving blood, plasma, transplantation and biological products for world leading health outcomes.

Lifeblood is an operating division of the Australian Red Cross Society.  Lifeblood and the humanitarian arm of the Australian Red Cross Society have separate executive structures and funding but share the values of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.  

Details of the Australian Red Cross Society and its humanitarian work are available on its website



We're in the business of saving lives

Manage blood for all Australians

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

Milk, bone marrow, organ, tissue and more

Expertise, leadership and support for transplanting donated bone marrow, organ and tissue and a pilot program supplying donated breast milk.

Research and other clinical services

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





Our board plays a vital role in ensuring the governance of Lifeblood.



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 and Communications TechnologyManages the hardware and software needed to efficiently run Lifeblood, including the National Blood Management System (NBMS) and the National Transplant Systems (NTS).
Manufacturing and QualityProcesses blood donations, ensuring they are tested and efficiently distributed to meet demand.Corporate Strategy 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.
Business Growth and InnovationLeverages the strengths and capabilities of our organisation to develop growth opportunities, innovation and future commercial pathways that will position Lifeblood as a recognised leader in its field, both locally and globally, and enhance our transplantation and immunogenetics work.  


We draw upon our core strengths of safety, quality, specialised expertise and national infrastructure to help enhance healthcare in Australia to deliver improved patient outcomes.

Partner with Lifeblood

Looking for corporate social responsibility with a difference? For a partnership that actually saves lives? Something with a social impact and real purpose?

Lifeblood is the only organisation in the country that does what we do. We have a 90-year history of saving lives through life-giving biological products thanks to the help of Australia’s generous communities and organisations.

Join with us and make a real impact to the everyday wellbeing of all Australians ― from the youngest to the most vulnerable. To learn more about partnering with Lifeblood contact us.

Group and corporate blood donation

Want to improve staff engagement and satisfaction? Register a Lifeblood Team and discover volunteering with a truly rewarding outcome: saving lives.

Research and innovation beyond blood

From our donated breast milk program to our microbiome pilot, we’re always looking for new ways to deliver life-giving support to those in need. By making a financial donation, you can help advance Lifeblood’s research and development programs, so we can make a bigger difference beyond blood.


Annual report

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


Lifeblood Annual Report

Lifeblood Annual Report - Financial Statements


Lifeblood Annual Report

Lifeblood Annual Report - Financial Statements


Annual Report 2017-2018

Annual Report 2017-2018 - Financial Statements

Previous years 

Annual Report 2016–17

Annual Report 2016–17 – Financial Statements

Annual Report 2015 - 2016

Annual Report 2014 - 2015

Annual Report 2013 - 2014

Annual Report 2012 - 2013

Annual Report 2011 - 2012

Strategic plan

Blood and Beyond – Strategy 2023 defines our future direction. Through its three key pillars the strategy clearly sets out how we’ll build on our strong foundations and articulates what needs to be achieved so we can make an even greater contribution to healthcare in Australia. 

Blood and Beyond – Strategy 2023

Business plan

The business plan for 2020/21 - 2021/22 sustains the second year of our strategic plan, Blood and Beyond – Strategy 2023.

Business Plan 2020/21 - 2021/22

Corporate Social Responsibility

Modern Slavery Statement FY2019/20

Lifeblood Supplier Code of Conduct - Ethical Conduct


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.

For other queries, please see the Supplier FAQs.

Lifeblood Donor Couches RFQ

Tender description

Lifeblood is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from commercial suppliers for supply, installation and maintenance of Donor Couches across all Lifeblood Donor Centres, Donor Mobile Units and Donor Pop Up sites nationally.     

Interested parties please register here.

Please direct enquiries to bclayton@redcrossblood.org.au

Expected RFQ Documentation Release date

18 March 2021

RFQ Closing date

2.00pm AEDST,  8 April 2021

Lifeblood Pop Up Donor Centre Transport and Set-Up Vic & SA

Tender description

Lifeblood is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from commercial suppliers for transport, set-up and storage of Lifeblood Pop-Up Donor Centre equipment in Victoria and South Australia.

Interested parties please register here.

Please direct enquiries to bclayton@redcrossblood.org.au

Expected RFQ Documentation Release date

18 March 2021

RFQ Closing date

2.00pm AEDST,  8 April 2021

Shippers Tender (Live)

Tender description

The Australian Red Cross Lifeblood is in the process of preparing a tender for a national supplier(s) to manufacture and distribute temperature sensitive shippers that can maintain temperature parameters to support the delivery of our blood products, blood components and samples.

The tender is release as at 9:00am on Monday, April 19 2021. It is anticipated that the scope of this tender will include shippers for the below products:

•    Replacement shippers for blood-in (whole blood, platelets and plasma collections)
•    Blood out (red cells, platelets, manufactured products, frozen plasma, serum eye drops, milk metro)
•    Samples (mandatory blood samples, DonateLife, Milk, reagent transfers, donor chemistry, full blood count, ABMDR)
•    External customer samples (when using Lifeblood NAT shipper).

How to register and tender

Interested Suppliers are able to view the tender on our online tendering system (eSource) here. In order to view the tender, you must have an eSource profile. Please note that the deadline for submissions by Wednesday,  May 26 2021 at 2:00pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time/AEST)

Architectural Services Tender 

Tender description

Lifeblood is in the process of preparing a tender for Architectural services. The scope of the service is anticipated to include specific design inputs required for regular, standardised implementation of our Donor Centres and other facilities within the Lifeblood network. Additionally Lifeblood has a requirement to engage with architects as lead consultant and coordinator of other regular design activity in our physical spaces (like Mechanical alterations as an example).

Expected RFP Documentation Release date

10:00am AEST, 13 May 2021

RFP Closing date

12.00pm AEST,  4 June 2021

How to register and tender

Interested Suppliers are able to view the tender on our online tendering system (eSource) here. In order to view the tender, you must have an eSource profile. The tender will only be visible in eSource following the release time and date.

Please direct enquiries to Yang Wong. yawong@redcrossblood.org.au

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