On June 24, 2021, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill passed through the final stage of debate in the South Australian Parliament. However, a terminally ill South Australian cannot yet request medical assistance to die.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act received Royal Assent on August 24, 2021.
Terminally ill people will not be allowed to request VAD, and an end to their suffering, until the VAD Act commences. SA law allows up to two years to elapse between Royal Assent and commencement. This means commencement of VAD in SA could be delayed until August 2023. All other Australian states have legislated a maximum of 15 to 18 months from passage of the legislation to commencement.
Contact your State MP to seek their support to have VAD commence by December 2022, 18 months from when the legislation passed through Parliament. This would ensure SA has a maximum of 18 months between the law being passed and commencement, similar to other states.
Identify your MP here, (enter your address in the top search box), contact details here.