I live in the NT or ACT. Can I access voluntary assisted dying?
The Northern Territory and the ACT do not yet have voluntary assisted dying laws.
The ACT introduced a bill to its Legislative Assembly on 31 October 2023. A 5-member parliamentary committee will now examine the bill and report back by 25 February 2024 with a law to possibly come into effect by the end of 2025.
The NT Government has assembled an Expert Advisory Panel to consider the legalisation of VAD in the Territory and a report is due by July 2024.
There are some exceptional circumstances where an eligible person in the ACT or NT could access a voluntary assisted dying law in New South Wales or Queensland if
a) you live on the border and receive the majority of your health care in that state or
b) you can show on compassionate grounds (e.g. your family live in the state) why you should be able to access their voluntary assisted dying laws.
If you think this applies to you, please email [email protected] and we can provide further details.