Good Samaritan Legislation

Good Samaritan Protection for rescuers in Australia.

A Good Samaritan is defined as ‘as a person acting without expecting financial or other reward for providing assistance. Although jurisdictional differences exist, Volunteers are generally defined as a member of a Volunteer organisation performing voluntary community work.’

A Good Samaritan is under no legal obligation to rescue or assist a person with the exception being the Northern Territory where persons are required by law to render assistance, if able to do so.

The Australian Resuscitation Council through its ANZCOR Guideline 10.5 details information on Legal and Ethical Issues Related to Resuscitation.

We would encourage our customers to familiarise themselves with this guideline or to obtain independent legal advice if they were wishing to clarify their particular situation.