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Why we need a voluntary assisted dying law

All Queenslanders are entitled to high-quality end of life and palliative care, regardless of their medical diagnosis, age, culture, background, beliefs or where they live. There are currently limited options for Queenslanders who are dying and wish to end their suffering. Aiding or counselling a person who is dying and suffering to commit suicide is a criminal offence.

Voluntary assisted dying, when available as a legal end of life option, will give comfort to those with a life-limiting condition looking for further choice about the timing and circumstances of their death.

Access to voluntary assisted dying in Queensland will be available from 1 January 2023 when the law comes into effect.

Last updated: 17 September 2021