About the Australian Red Cross Blood Service

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is entrusted with the supply of Australia’s blood. We collect, process and distribute life-saving blood products. We also deliver world-class research and provide expertise in diagnostic, transplantation and other clinical services.

Australia needs blood 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our ongoing challenge is to ensure quality blood products are efficiently collected and supplied at the right time to meet demand.

Every year we collect 1.3 million blood donations thanks to our 493,000 voluntary donors. Our manufacturing centres then test, process and deliver the blood to hundreds of healthcare providers around the country.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service is a division of the Australian Red Cross. The Board reports to the Red Cross Board, which has overall responsibility and oversight and appoints all non-executive Board members.

Australian governments fully fund the Blood Service for the provision of blood products and services to the Australian community. Consequently, we have specific financial and other reporting obligations to the National Blood Authority.

The Board plays a vital role in ensuring the governance of the Blood Service. It is responsible for the organisation’s efficient operation and takes the lead in setting the culture of operating in a responsible way within the community.

The Executive is responsible for leading and delivering the Blood Service's strategic objectives in accordance with our strategic plan. The team is led by our Chief Executive, Shelly Park, and comprises Executive Directors of each of our eight divisions.