Age – How does age affect my ability to donate?

There are minimum and maximum ages for blood donation.

Minimum age for whole blood donation

Up until recently, the minimum age for whole blood donation in Australia was 16 years, however it's now 18 years. The policy change will not impact donors who need to have blood taken for their own treatment (therapeutic venesection).

Read more about the age change policy

Maximum age for blood donation

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

Donating whole blood 

  • New donor – You can start donating whole blood any time up until your 71st birthday.
  • Existing donor – If you have previously given blood before in Australia and meet eligiblity criteria, 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 in Australia and continue to meet eligiblity criteria, you can donate right up until your 81st birthday.

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