National Inventory Template

The National Inventory Template (NIT) was developed by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service in 2009 and is used to collect and report internal (Blood Service) and external (transfusion laboratories) inventory levels and to communicate availability of blood components to transfusion laboratory customers.

The NIT provides a twice daily snapshot of the Blood Service’s inventory status and any restrictions in place, ensuring transparency of access to blood components. The NIT is visible in the body of the email and also has a printable pdf version attached.

The NIT includes inventory status for red cells, platelets, fresh frozen plasma, cryoprecipitate and cryodepleted plasma, with the following potential order fulfillment status:

  • Full: Orders for stock and individual patient requests are met in full.

  • 1/2: Orders for stock are only supplied to 50% and individual patient requests are met in full.

  • MO: Orders for stock and individual patient requests are referred to a Blood Service Medical Officer.

  • N/R: Not required due to insufficient local demand.


For more information, please refer to the following frequently asked questions.

As part of our continued focus on improving the service and information we provide, the Blood Service implemented a new format National Inventory Template (NIT) for fresh components on 22 February 2016. The format of the NIT has been simplified so that only the key information about inventory status is communicated. 

A pdf version of the NIT is included as an email attachment for easy printing. This can also be printed in black and white.

The distribution list for the NIT has been reviewed and sent to a wider audience.
If you wish to be removed or added to the NIT distribution list, please email Blood Service Communication or contact your local Transfusion Scientist.

The NIT will be emailed to you twice daily:

  • 7am AEST for all states excluding WA
  • 12pm AEST for all states
  • 4pm AEST for WA only

The NIT is now an automatically generated report from our systems and will be sent from Cognos Reporting at the Blood Service, Please check your email filter settings. 

If the inventory status is at ‘MO’, orders for stock and individual patient requests are referred to a Blood Service Medical Officer. Individual patient orders are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The reports that are provided to you (on behalf of your laboratory) contain information about component availability to guide issues for stock or replenishment orders.

Some laboratories choose to print the single page summary report and display it in the laboratory so all the staff can see the inventory status.

Should you have any queries or require further information please contact your local Transfusion Scientist or email Blood Service Communication.