The Queensland Parliament passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 on 16th September 2021. Voluntary Assisted Dying will be available in Queensland from January 2023.
In May 2020 the Queensland Government asked the Queensland Law Reform Commission (QLRC) to develop draft legislation for voluntary assisted dying in Queensland. On 18 May 2021, the QLRC report, A legal framework for voluntary assisted dying, draft Bill and report summary were tabled in the Queensland Parliament. See a timeline of the work undertaken prior to the introduction of the Bill.
On Tuesday 25 May 2021, the Hon Annastacia Palaszczuk, Premier of Queensland, introduced the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill (2021) to the Queensland Parliament. The Bill was immediately referred to Parliament's Health and Environment Committee for detailed consideration. The Committee must report back to Parliament by Friday 20 August 2021. It is anticipated the Bill will be considered again by Parliament in the week beginning 13 September 2021.
The committee held a departmental public briefing in Brisbane on 14 June 2021. Public hearings were held in:
Townsville Monday 12 July 2021
Rockhampton Tuesday 13 July 2021, Wednesday 14 July 2021
Brisbane Thursday 15 July 2021, Friday 16 July 2021
On 23 June 2021, CPCRE facilitated an online panel discussion of issues surrounding VAD for Queensland health professionals and consumers. The recording of that discussion is available here.
On 18 August 2021, Palliative Care Queensland and CPCRE in their Sector Education Morning (0730-0830) focused on Palliative Care in Relation to Voluntary Assisted Dying.