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Australian Red Cross Blood Service

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is a division of the Australian Red Cross. 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.

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

Saving lives through the power of humanity

The Blood Service is a division of the Australian Red Cross, so we’re part of the international Red Cross and Red Crescent community – the world’s oldest humanitarian organisation – and we subscribe fully to its humanitarian principles.


To improve the lives of patients through the power of humanity.


To perform a critical role in healthcare by providing a safe, secure and cost effective supply of quality blood products, essential services and leading edge research to meet the needs of patients.

Our online resources are provided for both donors and non-donors to allow people to make an informed decision on their choice to become a voluntary blood donor in Australia. This includes but is not limited to, eligibility criteria and the selection of blood donors, collection type relevance to blood group, special donor panels, the process involved with donating blood and the beneficiaries of such products. The Blood Service also uses this platform to share current news and research projects and the inclusion of the Corporate Social Responsibility program, Red25.

To find out more about becoming a blood donor, call 13 14 95 or visit

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Last reviewed: September 2016

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