Compensation for live organ donors

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.

The Act:

  • 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.

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