The Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) works with states and territories, clinicians and the community sector to deliver the Australian Government’s national reform programme to improve organ and tissue donation and transplantation outcomes in Australia.
The Organ and Tissue Authority (the OTA) was established in 2009. The OTA operates under the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Act 2008, (the Act) as part of the Australian Government's national reform programme. The OTA is an independent statutory agency within the Australian Government Health portfolio.
The National Reform Programme
Australia’s national reform programme aims to implement a world's best practice approach to organ and tissue donation for transplantation.
The twin objectives of the national reform programme are to:
- Increase the capability and capacity within the health system to maximise donation rates; and
- Raise community awareness and stakeholder engagement across Australia to promote organ and tissue donation.
The DonateLife Network
The OTA manages the implementation of the national reform programme through leadership of, and collaboration with, State and Territory Medical Directors, DonateLife Agencies (one in each state and territory) and hospital medical and nurse specialists in organ and tissue donation. These people and organisations comprise the DonateLife Network.
State and territory governments, through funding agreements with the OTA, employ the DonateLife Network staff in accordance with an organ and tissue donation service model consistent with the model and approach of the national reform programme, in the public hospital sector and, where mutually agreed, in the private hospital sector.
As at 30 June 2015 268 DonateLife staff were employed in 146.02 full-time equivalents of Australian Government-funded positions in 78 hospitals and eight DonateLife Agencies across Australia.
The Organ and Tissue Authority works in partnership with many stakeholders to optimise organ and tissue donation for transplantation. Our partners include eye and tissue banks, community organisations and the corporate and business sector that each plays an important role in contributing to Australia’s national reform programme.