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Who can use voluntary assisted dying in Australia?


Australian assisted dying laws are some of the most restrictive in the world, intended to help a small number of terminally ill adults in extreme circumstances. To access voluntary assisted dying a person must:

  • Have a terminal illness likely to end their life within six months (or 12 months for neurological conditions. Queensland has a blanket 12 month timeframe for all illnesses) and experience unbearable suffering
  • Have decision-making capacity about voluntary assisted dying
  • Act freely and without coercion
  • Be aged 18+ and an Australian citizen/meet residency requirements
  • Have lived in the state for at least 12 months

Advanced age, disability or mental health conditions by themselves do not make a person eligible for voluntary assisted dying. To be eligible, a person must be terminally ill and satisfy all other eligibility requirements.