On June 24 of 2021, South Australian became the 4th Australian state with a VAD law. The bill only needs royal assent and implementation before it comes into effect. The implementation period is expected to be no longer than 18 months.
The bill was largely modelled on the law in Victoria.
This is the first piece of Australian VAD legislation to explicitly extend the right of conscientious objection beyond individuals to institutions. In SA, hospitals will be able to exercise the right but aged care facilities will not. This ensures faith-based aged care providers will not be able to stop an eligible person accessing VAD in their home if they wish. This is an important addition. Laws in other states are silent on this issue.