Guide 1 - Overview. What is voluntary assisted dying and how can you have your say?

If you would like some more detailed information about these issues and why we want your views, please read the Discussion Paper.


Even with the best healthcare and palliative care, a person dying from an illness, condition or disease can experience suffering. Many Canberrans want genuine choices about how and when to end their life in a manner that aligns with their values. Voluntary assisted dying is a safe and effective medical process that gives an eligible person the option to end their suffering by choosing how and when they die.

Voluntary assisted dying is available in Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and South Australia, and will soon be available in New South Wales. It is also available in some other countries.

The ACT Government is responding to strong community support to provide access to voluntary assisted dying in the Territory. 

The ACT Government will introduce voluntary assisted dying legislation into the ACT Legislative Assembly in 2023. 

Our commitment to community consultation

The ACT Government will consult with Canberrans to hear their views so they can help design how voluntary assisted dying will work in the ACT.

This is one of a series of short Discussion Guides to help you provide your views on voluntary assisted dying. These Guides summarise five key themes explored in a longer Discussion Paper including eligibility, the process, the role of health practitioners and health services and monitoring and compliance. 

Consultation with expert stakeholders and the Canberra community will happen in February and March 2023.

The new law will be drafted in response to community feedback and will be introduced in the ACT Legislative Assembly in the second half of 2023. After the law has been debated and passed, voluntary assisted dying will not be immediately available to an eligible person - it will take time to build our systems, train practitioners and establish the process.


If the issue of a voluntary assisted dying law raises issues for you or your family, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Griefline on 1300 845 745.


If you need help to access information or have your say, please call Access Canberra on 13 22 81.