Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA)

The Organ and Tissue Authority (OTA) works with states and territories, clinicians and the community sector to deliver the Australian Government’s National Program. The program aims to establish Australia as a world leader in best practice organ and tissue donation for transplantation that optimises every potential donation opportunity to increase access to life-transforming transplantation for Australians.

The OTA is an independent statutory agency within the Australian Government Health portfolio located in Canberra, Australia. The agency was established by the Australian Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Authority Act 2008 (the OTA Act) which  sets out the primary functions for the OTA.

Our purpose is to save and improve the lives of more Australians through optimising every potential organ and tissue donation for transplantation.

With the enactment of new governance arrangements from 1 July 2017, the OTA operates as a non-corporate Commonwealth entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (PGPA Act), the key piece of legislation underlying how the Commonwealth uses and manages public resources with a particular focus on planning, performance and reporting.


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