UPDATE: Below is a record of what appeared on YourSAy during the open consultation process from 24 April 2019 to 24 May 2019.


We are reviewing the Advance Care Directives Act 2013 and we want your feedback and ideas on how well you think the act is working.

What is being decided?

An Advance Care Directive (ACD) enables people to specify how they want decisions to be made for them, if and when they are unable to make decisions for themselves. 

The Advance Care Directive Act 2013 empowers all South Australians to make clear legal arrangements for their future health care, end of life, preferred living arrangements and other personal matters. It replaces the existing Enduring Power of Guardianship, Medical Power of Attorney and Anticipatory Direction with a single, Advance Care Directive Form.

We want to understand if there are any issues or concerns with how the Act is currently operating, and if it could be improved. To find out more about the review read the Terms of Reference.

Get involved

To tell us what you think:

  • take the online survey for substitute decision makers
  • take the online survey for general feedback on Advanced Care Directives
  • email your feedback to HealthPolicyLegislation@sa.gov.au

How can your input influence the decision?

Your views on how Advance Care Directives are operating in South Australia are important in deciding whether any provisions of the Act need to be reformed or anything done differently so that people feel confident to complete an Advance Care Directive. Your input will shape any changes made to the Act or its operation.

What are the next steps?

All feedback will be analysed and a final report with recommendations for improving the Act and its operations. prepared for the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. The report about the review is scheduled to be tabled in Parliament in August 2019.

The report will be made publically available.


For more information about this consultation

  • email: HealthPolicyLegislation@sa.gov.au
  • phone: 8226 6047

For further information about ACDs or to set up your own ACD visit the Advance Care Directives website.

Closing date: 5pm Friday 24 May 2019