The Victorian Government believes all Victorians are entitled to quality end of life care, which relieves pain and suffering, and provides compassionate support to family, friends and carers.
On 29 November 2017, the Victorian Parliament passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act .
From 19 June 2019, Victorians at the end of life who are suffering and who meet strict eligibility criteria will be able to request access to voluntary assisted dying.
The law allows for an 18-month implementation period to give health services time to plan and prepare for voluntary assisted dying.
We are currently working with the community and the health and legal sectors to safely implement voluntary assisted dying in Victoria. The Implementation Taskforce, chaired by Julian Gardner AM, will advise the government on the implementation of voluntary assisted dying and have a coordinating role in overseeing and facilitating the work.
During implementation, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board will also be established to oversee the operation of the Act, reporting and ensuring standards of safety are maintained.