Voluntary assisted dying process

To access voluntary assisted dying when it commences in early 2023 you must meet all the eligibility criteria required by law.

If you are eligible there are several steps you must take to access voluntary assisted dying. These are included in the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 and provide legislated safeguards that support a safe, accessible scheme in South Australia.

A person may access voluntary assisted dying if they complete all the below steps:

  1. they make a first request
  2. they’re assessed as eligible for access to voluntary assisted dying by their coordinating medical practitioner and a consulting medical practitioner
  3. they make a written declaration
  4. they make a final request to the coordinating medical practitioner
  5. they have appointed a contact person
  6. the coordinating medical practitioner has certified in a final review form that the request and assessment process has been completed as required by the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021
  7. they are the subject of a voluntary assisted dying permit.