Voluntary assisted dying

  • Voluntary assisted dying involves a process to access medication and to enable a person to legally choose the manner and timing of their death.
  • Put simply, voluntary assisted dying means that some adults could ask for medical help to end their life if they have a disease or illness that is so severe it is going to cause their death and they are suffering badly.
  • The term 'voluntary assisted dying' emphasises the voluntary nature of the choice of the person and their enduring capacity to make this decision.

Voluntary assisted dying final report

The final report of the Ministerial Expert Panel on voluntary assisted dying has been tabled in Parliament on June 27, 2019.

The Report will now be considered by the State Government to help guide the drafting of safe, compassionate and Western Australian appropriate legislation. 

Voluntary assisted dying final report (PDF 3MB).

​Voluntary assisted dying final report (Word 3MB).

  • Consultation has now ended.
  • During March, April and May this year the Ministerial Expert Panel consulted widely.
  • The Discussion Paper aimed to promote discussion and generate suggestions at the metropolitan and regional consultations conducted by the Panel.
  • The experience, knowledge and insights of the community and of experts on particular issues, will help in the development of fully informed and workable legislation, to ensure safe and compassionate processes for voluntary assisted dying.
  • Throughout the consultation period, the Panel listened carefully and respectfully to differing views, comments and suggestions.
  • Feedback provided helped to inform the Panel's final report and recommendations to the Minister for Health.
  • Submissions received by the Panel will be published on this website unless the individual / submitter requested that their submission is not made public.
Ministerial Expert Panel

The Ministerial Expert Panel was established to provide expert advice on the development of voluntary assisted dying legislation.

All information relating to the members, panel updates and related publications can be found on the Ministerial Expert Panel page.


The Discussion Paper and related documents are available in alternative formats below.

Discussion Paper audio files

The Discussion Paper Fact sheet is available in alternative languages on the Ministerial Expert Panel page.


Related links

If reading this information on voluntary assisted dying has raised distressing issues for you the following helplines can be contacted for support:

LifeLine WA 13 11 14 (available 24/7) or online chat www.lifelinewa.org.au 
The Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (available 24/7) or online chat www.suicidecallbackservice.org.au

Last reviewed: 18-04-2019
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