Is voluntary assisted dying legal in Australia?
Yes. Every state has passed its own voluntary assisted dying law. The only one yet to take effect is New South Wales, which will be available from 28 November 2023.
The Northern Territory and the ACT do not yet have voluntary assisted dying laws. However, in December 2022 the federal government lifted its 25-year ban on the Territories debating VAD, meaning the NT and ACT are now free to discuss and pass their own voluntary assisted dying laws. The ACT government plans to begin this process in 2023. The NT has not yet made any commitment to passing a VAD law. Sign up for free updates here.