Voluntary assisted dying commences in Victoria today

Thank you to the End of Life Law in Australia Team, QUT, for collating these articles and documents outlining recent developments in VAD in Victoria.

Voluntary assisted dying commences in Victoria

Today new assisted dying laws commence in Victoria, the first time in over 20 years that assisted dying has been lawful in an Australian State or Territory.

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic) enables a person with capacity with an incurable illness or condition to seek assistance to end their life in limited circumstances. The legislation sets out 68 safeguards, including strict eligibility criteria, making it ‘one of the most conservative’ assisted dying laws in the world.

To learn more about the new laws, who is eligible, processes and safeguards, and assisted dying in Australia, read the new Assisted Dying factsheet.

The following resources also provide information about assisted dying and end of life law: