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1. Voluntary Assisted Dying is working well in Victoria

Victoria's Voluntary Assisted Dying law came into effect on 19 June 2019. It offers a choice to competent adults with a terminal illness and six months or less to live. For those dying of neuro-degenerative diseases, the time frame is extended to twelve months. Around 450 people are believed to have applied for assistance to die under the Act in its first year. The statutory body tasked with overseeing the scheme, the VAD Review Board, confirms that, in the first 6 months, 100% of cases had been compliant with the Act and no cases were referred for investigation. For detailed, up-to-date information please refer to the Voluntary Assisted Dying website of the Victorian Department of Health.

On 10 December 2019, Western Australia became the second Australian state to pass a contemporary, compassionate and safe voluntary assisted dying law which is expected to come into effect in mid 2021. More information can be found at the Western Australian Government's Department of Health website.