Planning Ahead

Planning Ahead is about safeguarding your rights and taking control of your future. It means that your choices will be known and acted on if you cannot express them yourself at some time in the future.

This may happen if you have a sudden accident, become very ill or develop a condition that affects your memory and your planning ability.

Thinking about your future and making your wishes known in advance can help reduce family stress and conflict during times of crisis.

It is important for all adults to understand the benefits of early planning. Various legal tools are available to help secure future health, financial, legal and personal choices – such as: an Advance Care Directive, an Enduring Power of Attorney, your Will, and registration for Organ and Tissue Donation.

It is never too early to plan ahead. Talk to your family now about your future wishes. Act now to safeguard your future rights, wishes, values and preferences.

Legal tools

Legal tools are available to help safeguard your future health, financial, legal and personal choices.

Planning Ahead resources

Various videos and printable resources are available for you to share with your friends and family.
Advance Care Directives

Advance Care Directives

Ensure your wishes for future health care, living arrangements and other personal matters are known and respected if you are unable to make decisions personally in the future.
Legal Services Commission of SA

Free Legal Advice

For free legal information and advice you can contact the Legal Services Commission.
Telephone: 1300 366 424
Office hours: Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 4.30 pm
Office of the Public Advocate

Office of the Public Advocate

The Office of the Public Advocate provides information and education to the public, individual and systemic advocacy, investigatory services and staff act as delegated guardians of last resort.
Donate Life

Donate Life SA

DonateLife SA coordinates all organ and tissue donor activities across the State.