Meet our new community partners

Meet our new community partners
Meet our new community partners

Exciting new community grants will help raise awareness about organ and tissue donation in Australia and encourage more Australians to take the easy step to sign up on the Australian Organ Donor Register (AODR).  

Minister responsible for the Organ and Tissue Authority, Dr David Gillespie, announced more than $540,000 for 11 community organisations awarded funding through OTA’s Community Awareness Grants program for 2022.  

Increasing awareness about organ and tissue donation, and encouraging families to talk about donation and registration, is vital to getting more people to say “yes” to donation. Support from our partners across the country helps to share about the importance of organ donation and how easy it is for people to register.  

The community partners will help raise awareness in groups of people that are under-represented on the AODR – including young Australians, First Nations Peoples, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Australians.  

They will provide valuable support for:  

  • National events – annual national community awareness events that reach mass audiences across the country  
  • Media and publicity – media, public relations and digital activities   
  • Research and education projects – research or behavioural change projects, and the development and distribution of education resources.  

Successful 2022 Community Awareness Grants



Project focus

Alice Springs Hospital Education Producing videos about donation in up to four Indigenous languages – with opportunity for expansion, that builds on research undertaken with communities exploring the low organ donation rates in NT.  

LaTrobe University


Research into the barriers to registration amongst young people.

Gift of Life Inc.

National event (up to 3 years funding)

Canberra-based public awareness event (community walk) with national footprint and expansion plans through coordinated activities including school engagement and social media engagement.

Queensland Remote Aboriginal Media


Three-month radio campaign to support DonateLife Week targeting First Nations Peoples, including segments in four key Indigenous languages and social media content

Pixel 42


Produce targeted video content to First Nations People and young people with distribution through TV, Indigenous broadcasters as well as other DonateLife partner organisations.

Southern Cross University


Research into beliefs about donation in with Indian and Bangladeshi communities in Sydney including dissemination strategy for national roll out and future engagement with CALD communities.

Migration Council Australia


Integration of videos (animations) and articles in 20 languages into the MyAus app for migrants and refugees new to Australia.

Multicultural Communities Council WA


Co-design development of educational material (booklets) on donation in ten languages and the distribution of educational material.

Multicultural Services Centre WA


Co-designed development of online tools and publications (including 12 podcasts) to reach CALD communities, with further distribution though ethnic and community radio, to be scaled nationally.

Podshape Podcasting


Podcast series about donation targeting young people and First Nations Peoples, hosted by former NRL star Sam Thaiday.



Saffron Day event, which promotes awareness about donation amongst people of SE Asian origin, and to the broader Australian public through digital promotional activities.

further information is available on our partnerships page.