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Voluntary Assisted Dying in Queensland

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 (the Act) was passed in September 2021. Voluntary assisted dying will be available to eligible Queenslanders from 1 January 2023.


Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Conference

The Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, and virtually, on Saturday 29 October 2022.

Register to join and learn more about the conference, including the program and speakers.

Becoming an authorised voluntary assisted dying practitioner

The eligibility requirements to become an authorised voluntary assisted dying practitioner.

Information for health services

Information on voluntary assisted dying for health services, including private hospitals, hospices and residential aged care facilities

Information on voluntary assisted dying substances

Learn how voluntary assisted dying substances will be managed in Queensland, including the pharmacy service and authorised disposers.

Access in regional, rural and remote areas

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

Help and support

Support is available for those looking into voluntary assisted dying.

Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board will provide independent oversight and monitor compliance with the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021.

Development of the Act

Learn how the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 was developed, including consultation, feedback and parliamentary process.

Last updated: 29 July 2022

Contact us

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

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Apply to become a voluntary assisted dying practitioner

Learn more about the practitioner eligibility requirements and submit your application to become an authorised voluntary assisted dying practitioner.

Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Handbook

The Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Handbook (QVAD Handbook) assists healthcare workers, health services and others to understand their roles and responsibilities, and supports compliance with the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 (the Act).

Read the Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Handbook (PDF 2759 kB).

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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Palliative care

Voluntary assisted dying is not palliative care; it is an additional end-of-life option. Palliative care and voluntary assisted dying do share common goals, including:

  • dedication to best patient care
  • high quality, well-funded, accessible palliative care is paramount, whether inclusive of voluntary assisted dying or not
  • reducing suffering and providing good dying experiences for people
  • need to ensure continued, coordinated care and therapeutic relationships.

As part of its commitment to providing Queenslanders with quality and accessible palliative care, the Queensland Government has invested additional funding of $171 million from 2021-22 to 2025-26 to lead reforms to palliative care. The total approximate recurrent annual spend on palliative care by 2025-26 is expected to be close to $250 million annually.

Read more about palliative care investment and reform.

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