The Compensation for Live Organ Donors Act was passed on 5 December 2016. It will come into effect by 5 December 2017.
About the Act
The purpose of this Act is to provide earnings compensation to people who donate kidney or liver tissue for transplantation purposes.
- sets out the criteria for being eligible for compensation
- gives eligible donors an entitlement to compensation for loss of earnings from employment while they recuperate from their donor surgery for a period of up to 12 weeks
- provides for discretionary earnings compensation in limited circumstances relating to loss of earnings in the lead up to donor surgery.
The Director-General of Health will be responsible for administering the provisions of the Act.
When the Act comes into effect
The Act received Royal Assent on 5 December 2016 and will come into effect by 5 December 2017.
This means that the Ministry has until 5 December 2017 to develop processes and systems to meet the provisions of the Act. If this can be done sooner, the Ministry will seek approval of the Government and Governor-General to agree that the Act come into force on an earlier date.
We will update this website if the Act will come into force on an earlier date.