Living 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.

The Australian Paired Kidney Exchange Program: a transplant option for patients with an incompatible living donor

The Australian Paired Kidney Exchange (AKX) Program is an initiative of the OTA to increase the options for living kidney donation.

The AKX Program helps patients seeking a kidney transplant, whose potential living donor is unsuitable for them due to blood group and/or tissue incompatibility.

Learn more about the AKX Program.

Supporting Living Organ Donor Program (the Program)

The Supporting Living Organ Donor Program (previously known as the Supporting Leave for Living Organ Donors) commenced in July 2013 and due to the success of the Program the Australian Government continued funding this program to 30 June 2017.  On 8 May 2017, the Australian Government announced that the Program would continue for four years from 1 July 2017.

The aim of the Program is to ensure that cost is not a barrier for living organ donors to donate a kidney or part of their liver by providing a financial contribution to employers to either replenish an employee’s leave or contribute towards reimbursing an employer who has made a payment to their employee in place of income lost due to organ donation.

From 1 July 2017, the Program has been expanded to allow donors who are having surgery on or after this date to claim reimbursement for some out of pocket expenses, enabling donors who are not employed to participate.

For more information on eligibility and payment rates, visit


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