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Voluntary Assisted Dying in Queensland

Access to voluntary assisted dying will not be available until 1 January 2023, when the scheme commences.

The Queensland Parliament has passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021. This will allow eligible people to access voluntary assisted dying as an additional end of life option in Queensland, should they be eligible.

The Act sets out a legal process for people who are suffering and dying from an advanced and progressive life-limiting condition the right to choose the timing and circumstances of their death.

There are strict criteria for who will be eligible to access voluntary assisted dying.

Complex clinical and administrative arrangements are needed to establish a voluntary assisted dying scheme in Queensland. Queensland Health is progressing this work under the guidance of an implementation taskforce.

Please revisit this page to keep up-to-date with new information as it becomes available.

What is voluntary assisted dying?

Voluntary assisted dying will provide an additional end of life option to a person who is dying, if they meet strict eligibility criteria.

Background

How the Act came about, consultation, feedback and the parliamentary process.

Why we need a voluntary assisted dying law

Voluntary assisted dying will allow an eligible person already dying to right to do so safely with medical support and care.

Eligibility

There is strict criteria for who will be able to access voluntary assisted dying.

How will the process work?

Read about the process for accessing voluntary assisted dying.

Administration of the substance

Process for how the voluntary assisted dying substance will be administered.

Safeguards

Safeguards within the scheme to protect vulnerable people from coercion, abuse and exploitation.

Access for regional and remote Queenslanders

People living in regional, rural and remote areas will be able to access voluntary assisted dying.

Information for health professionals

What medical practitioners, nurses and other health care workers need to know.

Information for health services and care providers

What health and aged care providers need to know.

Implementation and regulation

How Queensland’s scheme will be managed.

Other states’ voluntary assisted dying schemes

Read about other state’s laws and voluntary assisted dying schemes.

Help and support

Support is available if you are finding information about end of life matters upsetting or difficult.

Last updated: 17 September 2021

Frequently asked questions

Find out more about Queensland’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021.

Contact us

Contact the Voluntary Assisted Dying Unit by emailing: VADImplementation@health.qld.gov.au

Stay informed

Sign up to the Queensland Health voluntary assisted dying update and stay informed about implementation.

Glossary of terms

Read the frequently used terms related to Queensland's Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021.

Need help in your language?

Call 1800 512 451 and ask for an interpreter.

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Parliamentary process to the law

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 was passed on 16 September 2021.It follows years of consultation, research and analysis.

Read more about the pathway to the law here.

Palliative care investment and reform

Voluntary assisted dying and palliative care or end of life care are distinctly separate issues. However, to enable an informed discussion about voluntary assisted dying it is important that Queensland has a strong and adequately funded palliative care system that enables individual choice and support at the end of life.

Read more about palliative care investment and reform.

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