Dying With Dignity Victoria (DWDV - formerly the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of Victoria Inc.) is a law reform and education organisation pursuing public policies and laws in the state of Victoria that enhance self-determination and dignity at the end of life.

Our Charter Principles

Patrons Mr Julian Burnside QC, Hon Rod Mackenzie OAM, Hon Ian Macphee AO

DWDV has no connection with Philip Nitschke, Exit International or a publicly available ‘peaceful pill’.


Legislative Council Standing Committee on
Legal and Social Issues

On the 7 May, the Victorian Legislative Council resolved that the Legal and Social Issues Legislation Committee inquire into End of Life Choices.

The Terms of Reference have been circulated and submissions called for.

The Committee is asking the question:

Are Victorian laws adequately meeting people’s expectations regarding
medical options available at the end of their life?

DWDV made a comprehensive submission to the inquiry. It is listed on the Inquiry into End of Life Choices website as submission number 625, which can be viewed here.

This inquiry gives you the opportunity to be part of this important investigation and discussion regarding end of life choices. The final date for submissions was recently extended to Monday 31 August 2015.

Nothing is more powerful than a personal story, told from the heart, which explains what you believe and why. Consider using your story as a basis for your submission, and you will find lots of useful supporting information on the DWDV website – results of public opinion surveys, proposed safeguards, responses to arguments against voluntary assisted dying, and much more.

Find out how to prepare a submission:

Find out how to make your submission:

Lodge an eSubmission:

Choose to be involved!

Choose to contribute to the investigation and discussion!

Choose to tell your story!

Make end of life choice a reality.

Your life, Your choice!


Now Showing......


Starring Michael Caton and Jackie Weaver, directed by Jeremy Sims.

Cab driver Rex (Caton) is a loner, and has never left his home town of Broken Hill. When told he doesn't have long to live, he embarks on an epic drive through the Australian outback to Darwin in a bid to die on his own terms. Based on a true story, LAST CAB TO DARWIN is a moving and good-humoured drive.

Q&A sessions with Michael Caton, Jeremy Sims and cast will follow the screening of Last Cab to Darwin at the following Melbourne cinemas:

Palace Cinemas - various locations

Lido, Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn

Cinema Nova, Lygon Street, Carlton

Sun Cinema, Ballarat Street, Yarraville


Vale Joan Kirner AC

The Board and members of Dying with Dignity Victoria were saddened to hear of the death of Former Premier Joan Kirner AC, DWD Ambassador for Law Reform.

DWDV is very proud to have had Joan as one of our Ambassadors and we greatly appreciated her support for the cause of dying with dignity.

Joan was a social activist and trailblazer, and Victoria is definitely a better place as a result of her lifetime of efforts. Working at grass root levels, as well as within the corridors of power, when she saw a need for change, she set out to bring people together to make it.

Her extraordinary career progressed from teaching to parent activism, becoming President of the Victorian Federation of States School Parents' Clubs from 1971 to 1977 and its executive officer from 1978 to 1982. Joan entered State Parliament as the Legislative Council member for Melbourne West in 1982 and moved to the Legislative Assembly seat of Williamstown in 1988.

As Minister for Conservation, Forest and Lands (1985-1988), Joan was integrally involved in the formation of Landcare, while she oversaw the introduction of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) while Minister for Education between 1988 and 1990. Joan, who served as Premier between 10 August 1990 and 6 October 1992, then Leader of the Victorian Opposition from October 1992 before retiring from the Victorian Parliament in March 1993.

Unlike many, Joan did not retire from the public eye, but worked tirelessly as part of a group of progressive Labor women who established EMILY’s List Australia in 1996 to provide financial, personal and mentoring support to progressive Labor women candidates – a legacy of far reaching effect.

A natural with community and personal engagement, she was an example for so many, mentoring, encouraging and changing the rules. Her support for the community, and particularly for the mentoring of women, knew no political boundaries, and she willingly gave of her wisdom to everyone, thrilled to see the growth and development of those she met in life.

We have all benefitted immeasurably from Joan’s principled approach to creating change and community development, and her impact will be long lasting and not forgotten. Her firm belief in the right of people to die retaining their human dignity led her to accept the role of Ambassador for Law Reform for DWDV. Dying with Dignity Victoria will continue the effort for law reform with Joan’s central humanity and perseverance to inform and inspire us.

A special message…..

My enduring comfort is that people like Rodney and DWDV members continue to fly the Banner for Human Dignity. Thankyou.

Joan Kirner AC

2014 Autumn edition of DWDV Update

Our ambassadors lead the call for law reform

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