Consultation on the Draft Suicide Prevention Bill

The draft Suicide Prevention Bill 2020 (PDF 198KB) proposes to establish measures to reduce suicide in South Australia.

It will promote a whole of community focus on suicide, underpinned by sustained engagement with the community, government and non-government agencies, services and community organisations such as Suicide Prevention Networks.

The purpose of the Bill is to have a legislative mechanism that aims to reduce the incidence of deaths by suicide and suicide attempts in this State. It proposes to do so through a number of measures, including:

  • Establishing a Suicide Prevention Council to oversee suicide prevention and postvention (activities related to the help and support of people bereaved after suicide) and prepare a State Suicide Prevention Plan.
  • Requiring certain agencies to have suicide prevention plans which respond to not only their employees but also their consumers.
  • Establishing the capacity to declare certain means or methods of suicide as a controlled lethal means.
  • Establishing a suicide register to provide more timely information that will assist in a targeted approach to suicide prevention initiatives.


You are invited to provide feedback on the draft Bill. You can provide a written submission or complete the short community survey which will be available on the South Australian Government’s YourSAy website from 23 December 2020 at:

The consultation will be open until COB on 12 February 2021.