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 25,000 donations every week
  • Demand for blood and blood products will grow by 100% over the next 10 years


Donor statistics

  • Donors: 606,000
  • Collections per day:
    • Whole blood: 3,800
    • Plasma: 1,300
    • Platelets: 154

Collection centres

  • Fixed sites: 83
  • Donor mobile: 38
  • Visiting over 1,000 locations


Most people are able to give blood if they:

  • Feel fit and healthy
  • Are aged between 18 and 70
  • 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

You will not be able to give blood if you:

  • 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 12 months
  • Have recently been pregnant or given birth
  • Have had a tattoo in the past four months
  • Have ever had a serious heart condition
  • 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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