Age – How does age affect my ability to donate?

There are minimum and maximum ages for blood donation.

Minimum age for whole blood donation

The minimum age for whole blood donation in Australia is currently 16 years. However, we’re now in the process of transitioning to a minimum age of 18 years. The new policy will come into effect on 14 January 2018 and will apply to both new and existing donors. While donors aged 16 and 17 remain eligible to donate before the policy comes into effect, the Blood Service recommends they postpone any further donations until after they turn 18. The policy change will not impact donors who need to have blood taken for their own treatment (therapeutic venesection).

WA/QLD donors

If you donate in WA or QLD, parental consent is required for you to donate. To be eligible to donate before 14 January 2018, your parent/guardian must complete both the parental consent form and supplement to parental consent form.

Read more about the age change policy

Parental Consent Form (and supplement) for 16-17yr olds (WA and QLD)

Parents can learn more about the Blood Service and Working with Children Checks here.

Maximum age for blood donation

The maximum ages for blood donation depend on the kind of donation and if you have given blood before. See below.

Donating whole blood 

  • New donor – You can start donating whole blood any time up until your 71st birthday.
  • Existing donor – You can continue donating whole blood up to your 81st birthday.

Donating plasma.

  • You can donate plasma if you are aged between 18-70 years and meet other eligibility criteria.  

Donating platelets.

  • Existing male whole blood donors aged between 18-70 years and meet other eligibility criteria.

If you’re already a plasma and/or platelet donor, you can donate right up until your 81st birthday.