Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016

Doctor discussing treatments

The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 enshrines advance care directives in law. The Act will give statutory recognition to advance care directives and establish a single framework for medical treatment decision making. It goes into effect 12 March 2018.

Below is a collection of resources for health professionals to help you understand the changes to the Victorian legislation. These and other resources can also be found in our resource library as well as our state and territory page.

New advance care planning forms will be available on 12 March.

For more information, contact the Senior Policy Officer, Advance Care Planning at the Department of Health & Human Services on +61 3 9096 7498 or email at