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What is voluntary assisted dying?

Voluntary assisted dying is a safe and legal way for adults who are suffering from an incurable disease, illness or condition to choose the manner and timing of their death. In most cases, death must be predicted to happen within 6 months of the application.

Death happens by administering a lethal dose of medication. The person can choose whether to administer their own medication or may prefer to get a doctor to administer the drug.

This has been made possible by the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2019, which commenced on 19 June 2019.

More information


Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic)

  • s. 3—defines 'voluntary assisted dying'

See Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic)(opens in a new window).


Health Vic

This government site has information to explain what voluntary assisted dying is, designed for the general public and for people who are thinking of applying.

See Health Vic—Voluntary assisted dying(opens in a new window).