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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Related resources

  • Form

    Advance Care Directive - Online form and DIY Kit (SA)

    Government of South Australia

    Complete your Advance Care Directive form online or download a do-it-yourself kit, which provide a step-by-step guide for making an advance care plan in South Australia, information for witnesses, substitute decision-makers and interpreters, and tear out forms.
  • Website

    Preparing an Advance Health Directive

    Government of WA, Department of Health

    Information to help you decided whether you wish to make an Advance Health Directive (AHD).
  • Form

    Making an Advance Care Directive (NSW)

    NSW Government

    This package includes an Advance Care Directive form and Information Booklet, and is one of many advance care planning and end of life resources available for use for those living in NSW.
  • Articles & Publications

    Advanced Health Directive (AHD) checklist

    Queensland Government

    A checklist for completing an Advanced Health Directive (AHD) under the Mental Health Act 2016.

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