Voluntary Assisted Dying in South Australia

The Government of South Australia believes all South Australians are entitled to quality end of life care, which relieves pain and suffering, and provides compassionate support to family, friends and carers.

Voluntary assisted dying is a process that enables an eligible individual to voluntarily access and self-administer, or in some circumstances have a health practitioner administer, a substance that will cause their death, in accordance with steps and process set out in the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021.

The introduction of a safe, accessible voluntary assisted dying scheme will give eligible South Australians with a terminal illness choice at the end of life and ensure the integrity of the safeguards embedded in the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021.

Review Board establishment

SA Health is currently assessing applications for the Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board, following an Expression of Interest in April 2022.

The Review Board will be responsible for the review of functions and powers exercised under the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021.

Membership is expected to be announced in July 2022.