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Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021

Queensland’s Parliament is considering legislation to enable voluntary assisted dying to become a choice available as part of end of life care for Queenslanders.

Voluntary assisted dying allows a person who is suffering and dying from a life limiting condition to choose the timing and circumstances of their death.

The proposed law to allow voluntary assisted dying is expected to be debated by Queensland’s Parliament in September 2021. If passed, voluntary assisted dying will be available from early 2023. Should the proposed law pass, Queensland will become the fifth state in Australia to make voluntary assisted dying legal.

As our website is being regularly updated, please revisit this page to keep up-to-date with new information as it becomes available.

What is voluntary assisted dying?

Voluntary assisted dying allows a person who is suffering and dying to choose the timing and circumstances of their death.

Background

When the Bill was introduced, what it proposes, consultation and feedback, and the parliamentary process.

Why voluntary assisted dying laws are being considered

Voluntary assisted dying will provide further choice to people with a life-limiting condition.

Eligibility

Who will be able to access voluntary assisted dying?

How will the process work?

Read about the proposed process for accessing voluntary assisted dying.

Administration of the substance

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

Safeguards

Safeguards 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 care providers (entities)

Balancing the rights of health care providers and the rights of patients.

Implementation

When will voluntary assisted dying be available and how it will be managed.

Other states’ voluntary assisted dying schemes

Read more about the law and implementation of voluntary assisted dying schemes in other states.

Help and support

Get support if you are finding information about end of life care upsetting or difficult.

Frequently asked questions

FAQs for Queensland’s proposed voluntary assisted dying law.

Last updated: 9 July 2021

Frequently asked questions

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

How to have your say

Submissions on the Bill closed on Friday 2 July 2021 at 9:00am.

Find out about next steps 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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