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Is voluntary assisted dying legal in Australia?

Answer

Yes. Every state has passed and implemented its own voluntary assisted dying law. 

The first ACT voluntary assisted dying bill in more than 25 years was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on 31 October 2023. A 5-member parliamentary committee will now examine the bill and report back by 25 February 2024. ACT lawmakers will then debate the bill which, if passed, could 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. Led by co-chairs The Hon Vicki O’Halloran AO CVO and Duncan McConnel SC, the panel comprises Dr Christine Sanderson, Dr Devaki Monani, Dr Geetanjali Lamba, Dr Kane Vellar, Mrs Susan Shearer, and Mrs Ursula Raymond. A report is due by July 2024. Sign up for free updates here.