Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (2017)
The Victorian Parliament passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (2017) in November 2017. The Act is due to come into effect in June 2019.
The main debate took place in the Legislative Council in October and November 2017. Hansard of the debate in the Victorian Parliament can be found by searching the page Parliament of Victoria/Hansard. In the Legislative Council, Ministers Hon Gavin Jennings and Hon Inga Peulich carried the debate for the Government in the Committee Stage, where opponents to the Bill proposed various amendments.
Regulations which will control how the VAD Act operates in Victoria were released in September 2018. The Regulations include the forms which will need to be completed to comply with the VAD Act.
The Victorian Government has created a webpage to answer frequently asked questions.
A useful Parliamentary Research Paper on the VAD Bill provides a snapshot of the global and local environment in relation to VAD legislation. This paper contains links to other important documents, including the Inquiry into End of Life Choices which preceded the drafting of the VAD Bill.