The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021  (the Act) will commence on 31 January 2023.

All South Australians are entitled to high-quality end of life and palliative care, regardless of their medical diagnosis, age, culture, background, beliefs or where they live.

The introduction of safe, accessible and compassionate voluntary assisted dying will give eligible South Australians with a terminal illness choice at the end of life.

The process will enable eligible people to voluntarily access and self-administer, or in some circumstances have a medical practitioner administer, a medication that will cause their death, in accordance with the steps and process set out in the Act.

New information for people considering voluntary assisted dying

Find out more about the eligibility criteria, pathway, communication supports and other resources available to help you make decisions at end of life.

Knowing your choices: Information for people considering voluntary assisted dying (PDF 212KB) is a resource to help you, your family, friends and carers, and the community learn more about accessing voluntary assisted dying in South Australia.

New information for health practitioners

The following resources are now available for health practitioners:

Support service contact information

Specialist services are available to support access to and provide information about voluntary assisted dying to people making decisions at end of life, their family, friends and carers, health practitioners and service providers.

Find out more about each service:

Medical practitioner information

Learn more about medical practitioner eligibility requirements, roles and rights in relation to voluntary assisted dying in SA. 

Medical practitioner mandatory training – register now in the Clinical Portal.

SA Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Conference

A virtual conference was held on 16 November 2022. Recordings are now available on the Conference page.

Subscribe to our mailing list 

In the lead up to commencement, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Taskforce are releasing monthly communiques which you can also access on the Implementation page.

If you would like to join the mailing list to receive regular information about the implementation of Voluntary Assisted Dying in South Australia, please email:
Health.VoluntaryAssistedDying@sa.gov.au with the subject line, 'Join the mailing list'.