Advance Care Directives and the law

Recognised by your state or territory

An Advance Care Directive 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 the legal differences by state/territory and requirements by browsing our advance care planning for your state or territory page.

Fact sheets

Advance care planning fact sheets for individuals

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    Advance care planning fact sheet for individuals and family

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Information about advance care planning for individuals and their families.
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    Advance care planning and the law: ACT

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    This fact sheet is for individuals, providing an overview of advance care planning and Australian Capital Territory (ACT) law.
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    Advance care planning and the law: NSW

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    This fact sheet is for individuals, providing an overview about advance care planning and New South Wales (NSW) law.
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    Advance care planning and the law: NT

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    This fact sheet is for individuals, providing an overview about advance care planning and Northern Territory (NT) law.
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    Advance care planning and the law: QLD

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    This fact sheet is for individuals, providing an overview about advance care planning and Queensland (QLD) law.
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    Advance care planning and the law: SA

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    This fact sheet is for individuals, providing an overview about advance care planning and South Australian (SA) law.
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    Advance care planning and the law: TAS

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    This fact sheet is for individuals, providing an overview about advance care planning and Tasmanian (TAS) law.
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    Advance care planning and the law: VIC

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    This fact sheet is for individuals, providing an overview about advance care planning and Victorian (VIC) law.
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    Advance care planning and the law: WA

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    This fact sheet is for individuals, providing an overview about advance care planning and Western Australian (WA) law.