VIC voluntary assisted dying law one step closer

Victorians who are terminally ill are one step closer to having access to voluntary assisted dying after the Legislative Assembly voted to pass the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017.


The Bill is the result of more than two years of consultation and engagement with Members of Parliament, the community, health, palliative care and legal sectors.


The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 will still need to pass the Victorian Legislative Council before it becomes law.


The Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee’s Inquiry into end of life choices heard from over 1,000 people both in person and through their submission process and the Expert Ministerial Advisory Panel heard from over 300 stakeholders throughout their consultations.


The legislation passed by the Legislative Assembly delivers on a framework designed by the Ministerial Advisory Panel, chaired by former AMA President and neurosurgeon Brian Owler.


With 68 safeguards, the framework is said to be the safest, and most conservative, in the world.


It will provide Victorians with a terminal illness genuine choice at the end of their lives.


After being read in the Legislative Council today, the Bill is expected to be debated in the Council in the sitting week starting Tuesday 31 October 2017.


Should the Bill pass Parliament, there will be an 18-month implementation period before access to voluntary assisted dying will begin.


20 October 2017.