General Blood Statistics


  • One in three Australians will need blood or blood products in their lifetime
  • One in 30 Australians give blood each year (3%)
  • One blood donation can save up to three lives
  • Australia needs more than 31,000 donations every week


Donor statistics for 2018-19

  • 523,688 Australians voluntarily gave blood, plasma or platelets to help others
  • 100,099 new blood donors welcomed
  • 32% of Australia's blood donations made by members of Lifeblood Teams 
  • 1,427,659 individual blood donations by Australian donors
  • 978,196 blood products delivered to hospitals and healthcare providers to help Australian patients

Collection centres

  • 96 blood donor centres and mobile centres


Most people are able to give blood if they:

  • Feel fit and healthy
  • Are aged between 18 and 75
  • Weigh over 50kg 

You may be temporarily unable to give blood if you:

  • Are on certain medications or antibiotics 
  • Have a cold or are feeling unwell in any way
  • Have certain medical conditions
  • Changed medications
  • Recently had surgery
  • Have had recent dental treatment
  • Recently travelled
  • Had a piercing
  • Have ever had a serious heart condition

You will not be able to give blood if you:

  • Have had a tattoo in the past four months. But so long as your tattoo was done on licensed or regulated premises in Australia (like a commercial tattoo parlour or a cosmetic clinic) and is healing well, you can donate plasma.
  • Have visited or lived in the UK for a cumulative total of six months or more between 1980 and 1996
  • Have engaged in male to male sexual activity or other specified at risk sexual activity in the past 3 months
  • Have recently been pregnant or given birth
  • Have ever had a serious blood disorder or disease
  • Have 'used drugs' by injection or been injected with drugs not prescribed by a doctor or dentist in the past 5 years.
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