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South Australia became the fourth state to pass a voluntary assisted dying law at 11.05am on Thursday June 24.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill was passed at 11.05 on Thursday June 24, 2021, in the House of Assembly. The same VAD Bill was agreed in the Legislative Council the previous evening, June 23.
However, VAD is not yet legal in South Australia. An implementation Task Force was established by the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Hon Stephen Wade, in December 2021, chaired by Dr Chris Moy, Federal Vice President of the AMA.
No commencement date has yet been set for VAD in SA.
VAD commenced (or will commence) 15 to 18 months after the law was passed in all other states, as specified in their legislation. Some estimates say that VAD may not commence in SA until August 2023, some 26 months after it was passed by the Parliament. The SA VAD Act does not specify a commencement date. The Acts Interpretations Act allows a two year gap between the passing of a Bill and commencement, unless the government chooses an earlier date.
It is essential that when you thank your MP, you also make a request: ask your MP to encourage the Minister of Health to ensure South Australians have the same outcome as people in all other states, a commencement date no later than December 2022, 18 months after the legislation was passed by the Parliament.
In September 2021 the Queensland Parliament passed a similar VAD law and in November, the NSW Lower House passed a VAD law, which will be debated in the Upper House in early 2022.
Victoria's VAD law commenced in June 2019, WA's law commenced on July 1, 2021 and Tasmania's law will commence in October 2022.
The VAD Bill was introduced by Hon Kyam Maher on December 2, 2020 in the Legislative Council.
Dr Susan Close carried the debate in the House of Assembly.
The VAD Bill went backwards and forwards between the two chambers a number of times and was finally passed on June 24.
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (2021) became law on July 1, following assent by the Governor in Executive Council.
The draft of the final Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (2021) is available here.
Hansard for the different debates is available here.
See the list (adjacent) to see how your MP voted
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Contact your local MP and ask them to support Voluntary Assisted Dying. Find contact details here.
Talk to your neighbours, your family, your friends - and get them to talk to their MP as well.
The vote in the Legislative Council was:
Ayes: Bonaros, C, Bourke, ES, Darley, JA, Franks, RA, Hanson, JE, Hunter, IK, Lee, JS, Lensink, JMA, Maher, KJ, Pnevmatikos, I, Ridgway, DW, Simms, RA, Wade, SG, Wortley, RP
Noes: Centofanti, NJ, Hood, DGE, Lucas, RI, Ngo, TT, Pangallo, F, Scriven, CM, Stephens, TJ
All members of the House of Assembly and Legislative Council can be contacted at
Parliament House, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000.
Telephone 8237 9100
Contact Frances Coombe on 0421 305 684.
Other actions you can take
join one of the Advocacy Groups - there is no joining fee
- Doctors for Assisted Dying Choice
- Accessible Voluntary Assisted Dying
join us on facebook
attend the next VADSA Public Meeting at Goodwood Community Centre, 32-34 Rosa St, Goodwood. Next meeting 3.00, Sunday November 14. Guest speaker, Minister for Health, Hon Stephen Wade, MLC.
ask your library (or public venue) to host a VADSA display; it is 6 panels, 2 metres high; includes brochures
ask your community organisation to invite a VADSA speaker
ask your doctor to display VADSA brochures in their waiting rooms
let us know if you have particular skills which can be of help.