Compensation for Live Organ Donors Act

The Compensation for Live Organ Donors Act was passed on 5 December 2016. It came into effect on 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.

The Act received Royal Assent on 5 December 2016 and came into effect on 5 December 2017.

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