About Us


 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.

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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.

Learn more about Australia’s national reform programme and strategic priorities

The DonateLife Network

The DonateLife Network comprises DonateLife organ and tissue donation agencies and hospital based staff in 72 hospitals across Australia to work specifically on organ and tissue donation. Under the leadership of the OTA's National Medical Director the DonateLife Network includes DonateLife Medical Directors in each state and territory. They are responsible for delivery of the national reform programme in their respective jurisdictions. They manage hospital based staff who are medical and nursing specialists in organ and tissue donation, and DonateLife agencies who specialise in organ donor coordination, donor family support, education coordination, communication activities and data and audit.

Find out more about your local DonateLife agency

Our Partners

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.

Learn more about our partners


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