Victoria legalises euthanasia for terminally ill patients in historic move

TERMINALLY ill patients in Victoria will, in just over a year’s time, legally be able to end their own lives.

Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying bill passed Legislative Assembly in the lower house of State Parliament on Wednesday morning, making the southern state the first in Australia to legalise euthanasia.

It comes after more than 100 hours of debate over six weeks across both houses, including several overnight sittings.


The historic laws will give terminally ill patients access to a doctor-assisted death and will come into force in 2019.

Health Minister Jill Hennessey said work to implement the bill will “start tomorrow.”