Advance Care Directives - making your own decisions

An Advance Care Directive (ACD) is a legally binding document that expresses your future wishes or directions for health care and personal matters, like where you want to live. The ACD applies if you are unable to make your own decisions in the future and you can appoint one or more substitute decision-makers who you trust to make decisions for you.

You can write an ACD at any stage of life. To write an ACD, it must be your choice and you must be 18 years or older, know what an ACD is, know what it will be used for, and know when it will be used.

The Advance Care Directives Act 2013 came into effect from 1 July 2014. If you have already completed an Enduring Power of Guardianship, a Medical Power of Attorney or and Anticipatory Direction, these documents continue to be legally effective.

For more information about Advance Care Directives, visit Advance Care Directives website or ask for a social worker to help you to complete an ACD.