Leave for Living Organ Donors

Information about leave for living organ donors

Page last updated: 09 September 2015

Supporting Leave for Living Organ Donors Programme

Living Organ Donation

  • A living organ donor is someone who donates a kidney or partial liver to another person - usually a relative or close friend - who has end stage kidney disease or liver failure.
  • Living organ donation requires major surgery and is not without risk to the donor. Prospective donors are required to undergo extensive testing to ensure they are a suitable match for the intended recipient and are physically and mentally healthy enough to be able to donate.
  • If surgery proceeds, an employed donor will require a significant amount of time off work to recover. Depending on the donor employee's leave arrangements, some donors may be required to take this period as leave without pay, or may exhaust their paid leave entitlements. This can lead to financial stress and donors may feel pressured to return to work before they have completely recovered.

Supporting Leave for Living Organ Donors Programme

  • The Supporting Leave for Living Organ Donors Programme (the Programme) seeks to raise the profile of living organ donors and also encourage employers to support donors.
  • The aim of the Programme is to help alleviate the financial stress that can be experienced by living organ donors by reimbursing employers for payments or leave credits provided to their employees for leave taken to donate an organ and recover from the procedure.
  • On 12 May 2015, the Australian Government announced that the Programme would continue for two years, from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2017 with some important changes.
  • As at 1 July 2015 the Programme will be administered by the Department of Health and will reimburse employers for an amount up to the National Minimum Wage for up to nine weeks of leave taken by the donor.


The Department of Health has made every effort to ensure that the documents on this web page meet accessibility requirements. If you are experiencing difficulty accessing the information contained within any of these document, please contact Living Organ Donation or call (02) 6289 5055 to arrange for an alternative format to be provided to you.

The following information is for living donors who are undergoing surgery between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2017.


Eligibility and payment rates

  • To be eligible for the Supporting Leave for Living Organ Donors Programme, the donor must be:
    a) an Australian citizen or permanent resident with a valid Medicare card;
    b) 18 years of age or older;
    c) intending to donate a kidney or partial liver between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2017;
    d) employed by:
      i. a registered Australian business;
      ii. the same employer (or self-employed) for at least 28 days prior (56 days prior for casual employees) to either signing the Individual Registration Form or the date of surgery (whichever was first); and
      iii. an employer willing to participate in the Programme and pay them for their time-off.
  • The Programme provides a payment of up to nine weeks, based on a 38 hour week, at up to the National Minimum Wage.
  • As at 1 July 2015, the National Minimum Wage is $656.90 per week, as determined by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Registration

  • If you are undergoing surgery between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2017 to donate a kidney or part of your liver, please complete the Individual Registration Form and return it, and relevant supporting documentation, to the Department of Health via post:
      Supporting Leave for Living Organ Donors Programme
      Department of Health
      GPO Box 9848
      CANBERRA ACT 2601
Individual Registration Form (PDF 395 KB)
Individual Registration Form (Word 124 KB)
  • If you do not have access to a printer, call us on (02) 6289 5055 and we can mail a form to you.
  • The completed form should be submitted prior to commencing your leave. Once your form has been received, we will assess your eligibility and notify you and your employer separately in writing.

Claiming

  • If you are deemed eligible, we will send:
      • to you - an Individual Claim Form, and
      • to your employer - an Employer Payment Form to submit once you have returned to work; or
      • to self-employed donors - a Self-Employed Claim Form.
  • The Individual Claim Form, Employer Payment Form and Self-Employed Claim Form are available to download here
Individual Claim Form (PDF 326 KB) Employer Payment Form (PDF 323 KB)
Employer Payment Form (Word 97 KB)
Self-Employed Claim Form (PDF 344 KB)
Self-Employed Claim Form (Word 113 KB)

  • When a donor has completed their leave and been paid for their time off, the Individual Claim Form, Employer Payment Form (or Self-Employed Claim Form) can be completed and returned with relevant supporting documentation to the Department of Health (to the same address as above).
  • The donor and their employer will be notified of the outcome after all documentation has been received and assessed.

Change of circumstances during the Programme process

  • It is important you tell us if your circumstances change. By keeping us up-to-date, we can accurately assess your circumstances. For example, if:
    • your personal details change
    • you change your address or phone number
    • your employment changes
    • your medical practitioner changes, or
    • you have decided to not go through the donation process.

Programme Documents

  • For donors who are interested in the Supporting Leave for Living Organ Donors Programme please see the Donor Guidelines for further information.
  • For employers who have an employee undergoing living organ donation surgery, please see the Employer Guidelines for further information.

Feedback

  • If you have any questions or feedback about the Supporting Leave for Living Organ Donors Programme, please email Living Organ Donation

The following information is for living donors who underwent surgery between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2015.


Pilot Programme

  • The Programme pilot started on 1 July 2013 and ended on 30 June 2015. For that two-year period, the Department of Human Services administered the Programme.
  • Payments under the pilot were for an amount up to the National Minimum Wage for up to six weeks of leave.
  • If you underwent surgery between 1 July 2013 and 30 June 2015 you may be eligible for the pilot.
  • If you would like to submit a claim for the pilot Programme, please contact the Department of Health by email: livingorgandonation@health.gov.au or phone (02) 6289 5055 for assistance with relevant forms.

Pilot Programme Guidelines

Additional information on the Supporting Leave for Living Organ Donors Pilot Programme is available in the following guidelines:
Pilot Guidelines (PDF 964 KB)
Pilot Guidelines (Word 53 KB)


For general enquiries please email: Living Organ Donation or call (02) 6289 5055.


The Department of Health has made every effort to ensure that the documents on this web page meet accessibility requirements. If you are experiencing difficulty accessing the information contained within any of these document, please contact Living Organ Donation or call (02) 6289 5055 to arrange for an alternative format to be provided to you.