VAD in Queensland

Queensland passed a Voluntary Assisted Dying law on 16 September 2021. Voluntary assisted dying is not yet available ahead of its implementation in January 2023

To use the law, a person must be:

  • Aged 18+
  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident who has lived in Queensland for at least 12 months
  • Diagnosed with an incurable disease, illness or medical condition that:
    • incurable, advanced and progressive, and will cause death within 12 months
    • 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 QLD?

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

For more information go to the Queensland Department of Health

Other useful links

Voluntary Assisted Dying explained

Implementation of voluntary assisted dying

Information for medical practitioners and healthcare workers

Becoming an authorised voluntary assisted dying practitioner

Dying with Dignity QLD

End of Life Law in Australia


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