About Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

On 15 November 2019, the Australian Red Cross Blood Service became Australian Red Cross Lifeblood.

At Lifeblood, we’re entrusted to collect, process and distribute blood products for Australia — but that’s not all we do.

We also help to facilitate the donation of tissue, organs, breast milk, and other life-giving biological products. Plus, we deliver world-class research and provide expertise in diagnostic, transplantation and other clinical services.

We’re united through the power of humanity to build a healthier nation. Learn more about Lifeblood

Our challenge

Australia needs biological products 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our ongoing challenge is to ensure we efficiently collect and produce quality products and supply them at the right time to meet demand.

Every year, nearly half a million voluntary donors give over 1.5 million donations of blood and other biological products. We then test, process and deliver the products to hundreds of healthcare providers around the country.

Our humanitarian principles

We’re a division of the Australian Red Cross and fully subscribe to its humanitarian principles. Our Board reports to the Red Cross Board, which has overall responsibility and oversight and appoints all non-executive Board members.

Our role in the health of Australia

Australian governments fully fund Lifeblood for the provision of blood products and services to the Australian community. This means we have specific financial and other reporting obligations to the National Blood Authority. Learn more about the Lifeblood board, our executive and our operational divisions.