Organ and Tissue Authority

Grants to help drive Community Awareness of Gift of Life

Article Date: 

Thursday, June 7, 2018


Australian government crest

The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP

Minister for Aged Care

Minister for Indigenous Health

Member for Hasluck



The Turnbull Government has today awarded $430,000 in Community Awareness Grants to encourage more Australians and their families to discuss giving the gift of life and registering as organ and tissue donors.

The Minister responsible for the Organ and Tissue Authority, Ken Wyatt AM, announced that 20 local organisations would receive funding for targeted activities to increase awareness of organ and tissue donation.

“Through the grants program, the Government recognises the vital role of grassroots participation in starting organ and tissue conversations in communities across the country,” Minister Wyatt said.

“It begins with understanding that every one of us has the potential to one day save or improve lives as a donor, or to one day need the gift of a transplant.”

Eight organisations will receive grants to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and multicultural communities, utilising culturally appropriate approaches to promote the importance of family discussion and registration of donation wishes.

“The grants being awarded today will support a wide range of community events during the next year, including around DonateLife Week 2018,” said Minister Wyatt.

“The message is simple: Talk with your family and join the Australian Organ Donor Register.

“It takes less than a minute but this decision can make a lifetime of difference to future organ donor recipients.”

Joining the Australian Organ Donor Register has a direct influence on increasing consent rates, with ninety per cent of families agreeing to allow organ donation when their loved one is a registered donor.

“This year, up until the end of April, the generosity of 186 deceased organ donors and their families has given 534 Australians a second chance at life,” the Minister said.

“However, we must continue to increase our donation rates because 1,400 Australians are currently waitlisted for a transplant and more than 11,000 people are receiving renal dialysis, many of whom would benefit from a kidney transplant.”

The Community Awareness Grants are administered by the Organ and Tissue Authority as part of its Community Awareness and Education program.

To view the list of the 20 successful Community Awareness Grants recipients visit

To join the Australian Organ Donor Register visit

DonateLife Week, Australia’s national awareness week to promote organ and tissue donation, will be held from Sunday 29 July – Sunday 5 August 2018.