On 30 November 2017, the ACT Legislative Assembly established a Select Committee to review and report on end of life choices in the ACT.
The Committee’s full terms of reference are to inquire into and report on:
- current practices utilised in the medical community to assist a person to exercise their preference in managing the end of their life, including palliative care;
- ACT community views on the desirability of voluntary assisted dying being legislated in the ACT;
- risks to individuals and the community associated with voluntary assisted dying and whether and how these can be managed;
- the applicability of voluntary assisted dying schemes operating in other jurisdictions to the ACT, particularly the Victorian scheme;
- the impact of Federal legislation on the ACT determining its own policy on voluntary assisted dying and the process for achieving change; and
- any other relevant matter.
The Committee invited all ACT residents interested in the inquiry to make a submission before COB Friday March 23, 2018.
The Committee is required to conduct its inquiry and report to the Legislative Assembly on or before the last sitting day in 2018 (29 November 2018).