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How will the process work?

The law sets out the process for accessing voluntary assisted dying.

It includes many safeguards to ensure only eligible people access the scheme and to protect the vulnerable from coercion, abuse and exploitation.

Three separate requests for access must be made by the person, one of which must be in writing and witnessed by two eligible witnesses. The person must be assessed as eligible by two medical practitioners who have met training and eligibility requirements.

After the request and assessment process is complete and the person has been assessed as eligible, the person may make an administration decision in consultation with and on the advice of their coordinating doctor. They may then proceed with administration of the voluntary assisted dying substance at a time of their choosing. The person may choose not to proceed at any time.

A Statewide Care Navigator Service will provide information and support to people seeking access to voluntary assisted dying, their families and friends, and health practitioners.

A Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board will undertake monitoring and compliance with the law.

Last updated: 17 September 2021