VAD in New South Wales

NSW passed a Voluntary Assisted Dying law on 19 May 2022. Voluntary assisted dying is not yet available ahead of its implementation on 28 November 2023

To use the law, a person must be:

  • Aged 18+
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident who has lived in NSW for at least 12 months
  • Diagnosed with an incurable disease, illness or medical condition that:
    • Is advanced and progressive, and will cause death within six months (or 12 months if you have a neurodegenerative disorder, such as motor neurone disease)
    • is causing suffering that cannot be relieved in a manner the person finds tolerable
  • Capable of making decisions about their medical treatment and communicate those decisions throughout the assessment process
  • Acting freely and without coercion

How can I learn more about voluntary assisted dying in NSW?

Voluntary assisted dying is not yet available in NSW. The Department of Heath is implementing the systems, training and services ahead of voluntary assisted dying commencing on 28 November 2023. 

For more information go to the NSW Department of Health

Other useful links

Dying with Dignity NSW

End of Life Law in Australia


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