Eligibility criteria

Donor eligibility

If you are between the ages of 18-30 then you are in the ideal age bracket to become a donor. However, you are still able to register to be a donor up until the age of 45. You’ll also need to be willing to donate, anonymously, to any patient in Australia or overseas and hold a valid Medicare card. For more detailed information have a look at our FAQs.

Exclusion criteria

You’ll need to be able to answer “NO” to the following questions:

  • Have you ever been diagnosed with thalassaemia major, sickle cell disease, Fanconi anaemia or haemophilia?
  • Have you ever received an organ or bone marrow transplant?
  • Have you ever suffered a stroke or heart attack?
  • Have you ever had a positive test for HTLV or HIV?

There are also a few conditions that may or may not affect your eligibility. If you’ve ever suffered from any of the following conditions please contact us to find out if you’re eligible.

  • Cancer of any kind except basal cell carcinoma (BCC) of the skin, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin, or pre-cancerous conditions such as cervical abnormalities
  • Auto-immune diseases (except minor conditions like psoriasis or vitiligo)

Additional information:

The ABMDR does not exclude potential donors that have resided in the UK, travelled overseas, gotten a tattoo, engaged in intravenous drug use or had male to male sex. However, donors recruited through the Australian Red Cross Blood Service may still be required to meet their eligibility criteria. Please refer to the Blood Service for more information.