What is an advance care directive?

Recognised by your state or territory

An advance care directive is a type of written advance care plan and it is sometimes known as a living will. It is written by the person themselves.

An advance care directive is a written record of your preferences for future care. The directive can record your values, life goals and preferred outcomes, or directions about care and treatments. Advance care directives can also formally appoint a substitute decision-maker.

Advance care directives differ between states and territories. Some state governments have specific forms that you can use. You can learn more about differences by state/territory and requirements on our website.

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