End of Life Law in Australia

New South Wales

Common law directives are the only Advance Directives that exist and are legally binding in New South Wales (NSW). Statutory Advance Directives do not exist.

NSW Health has released a booklet on Making an Advance Care Directive to support people who wish to write an Advance Care Directive, including an example form. However, this document is not a Statutory Advance Directive.

For information on the law relating to common law Advance Directives, visit our webpage.

Further resources

For more information on Advance Directives visit NSW Health’s End of Life Decisions, the Law and Clinical Practice website or Advance Care Planning website.