End of Life Law in Australia


Common law Advance Care Directives are the only Advance Care Directives that currently exist and are legally binding in Tasmania. However, in November 2021 the Tasmania Parliament passed legislation introducing Statutory Advance Care Directives. The new laws will commence on a date to be proclaimed. This webpage will be updated when the new laws commence.

The Tasmanian Department of Health has developed an Advance Care Directive form that a person may wish to use to document their medical treatment decisions, values and preferences. However, this document is not a Statutory Advance Care Directive.

For more information visit Common Law Advance Care Directives.

Further resources

For more information on Advance Care Directives visit the Tasmanian Department of Health.