About Us

Charter principles

Our Charter


Founded in 1974, Dying With Dignity Victoria is an education and law reform organisation pursuing public policies and laws in the state of Victoria to enhance self-determination and dignity at the end of life.

Legislative principles

  1. Competent adults with a terminal or advanced incurable illness that creates intolerable, unrelievable suffering shall have the right to choose to die with dignity in a manner acceptable to them and shall not be compelled to suffer beyond their wishes.
  2. In the case of a competent adult with a terminal or advanced incurable illness that creates intolerable, unrelievable suffering, it shall not be an offence to confidentially advise the sufferer and/or relatives/guardian regarding end-of-life choices; nor to assist or support the sufferer in choosing to hasten death in a manner acceptable to them; nor to be present at the time of death.
  3. No individual, group or organisation shall be compelled against their will to either participate or not participate in an assisted or supported death of a sufferer.
  4. Sufficient safeguards shall be in place to prevent abuse of the process.

DWDV does NOT support the following:

  • Assisted or supported death for individuals who are not suffering a terminal or advanced incurable illness causing intolerable, unrelievable suffering, nor for people who are incapable of rationally and persistently requesting assistance.
  • A publicly available ‘peaceful pill’.

DWDV appreciates and respects that there is a diverse range of views on voluntary assisted dying. However, we have drawn a line in the sand that we believe is fair, reasonable, responsible and, most importantly, safe.

Our objectives and principles for law reform are spelled out in plain English in our more detailed Legislative Charter, so that people may decide their position on these specific proposals. This document compares our Charter principles with current Victorian law.

Reviewed: July, 2015